Rich Paul describes each of LeBron James’ free agency decisions
Each of his prior two decisions has had the NBA on tilt, as his first one and most memorable saw him take his talents to South Beach, causing a titanic backlash as he joined the Miami Heat.
Eight years older and wiser, James made this third decision a rather swift one, opting out of his contract early on June 29 and announcing his eventual destination on July 1 through his sports management agency, Klutch Sports.
James’ agent, Rich Paul, shared the reasoning behind every one of his client’s major decisions — claiming the 33-year-old had no other agenda to address other than his own.
“In 2010, when he went to Miami, it was about championships,” said Paul, according to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. “In 2014, when he went back to Cleveland, it was about delivering on a promise. In 2018, it was just about doing what he wants to do.”
James will be hard-pressed to find another big-time star to join him withthe Lakers., with Kawhi Leonard stalemated in San Antonio and Paul George choosing to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder long-term — but at least he will be where he wants and doing what he wants, regardless of how far this core around him can help him go.