LeBron James picking the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency is still the biggest story line this offseason. It will be the first time in James’ career he will be outside the Eastern Conference.
It is the third time that he has switched teams. He left Cleveland in 2010 for Miami, and then returned to the Cavs in 2014.
Why LA this year, as opposed to staying in Cleveland or going to Philly? Well, it was simply “a basketball decision,” according to LeBron’s agent Rich Paul.
“It was just a basketball decision,” Paul told the NBA TV crew during tonight’s summer league game. “When he went to Miami, it was about winning a championship. When he came home [ to Cleveland ], it was about delivering a promise. This one, he really had no footing. It was basically about what he wanted to do and what made him happy. And he earned that.”
As for those saying LeBron picked LA for the benefit of his acting career and his brand, Paul downplayed that.
“He’s LeBron James. He’s already a global entity,” Paul said.
You can listen of all of Paul’s comments to NBA TV here:
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Of course, this is about what you’d expect LeBron’s agent to say about his client’s decision. Revealing anything more would be counterproductive.
Regardless of what LeBron’s reasoning was, him being in LA has changed the landscape of the NBA.