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Thursday April 17th, 2014

LaMichael James has endured a frustrating first three seasons with the 49ers. (Tony Avelar/AP) LaMichael James has endured a frustrating first two seasons with the 49ers. (Tony Avelar/AP)

The San Francisco 49ers are actively looking to trade running back LaMichael James, reports Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

James was the team's second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and the Niners have a log jam at the position, with starter Frank Gore, and backup Kendall Hunter.  The team also has Marcus Lattimore, who is recovering from knee surgery on his ACL.

James, 25, was the team's primary punt returner last season, averaging 11 yards per return. He only saw 12 rushing attempts as a back last season and also caught two passes.

In February, Niners general manager Trent Baalke was asked about trading James, and said that wasn't going to happen.

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"No discussions," Baalke said. "LaMichael is a 49er. He'll continue to be a 49er." "It's tough," Baalke said. "There are certain game plans where LaMichael was meant to play a little bit bigger role than he ended up playing, but that's the game. Every game you go in with a plan and sometimes that plan changes based on what you're seeing and what the other team is doing."

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