After the fact, LeBron James’ signing with the Los Angeles Lakers looks like it was never in doubt. But at the time, there was serious buzz that James would consider Philadelphia as a potential landing spot. Brian Windhorst went onto the Dan Le Batard Show to discuss the offseason.
He even spoke about whether or not LeBron seriously considered the Sixers in free agency. Philadelphia claimed that James strongly considered writing his next chapter with the Sixers, but Windhorst offers a different view.
Windhorst told the Dan Le Batard Show:
“No, I don’t think he seriously considered them. I think he considered them. They were on the board. He didn’t even grant them a face to face meeting. Again, if you go back and look at what happened in 2014, he saw two teams face to face.”
This makes sense in retrospect. Windhorst also points out that in 2014, James only met with the Heat and the Cavaliers face to face. This year he only met with the Lakers face to face and he spoke with the Cavaliers.
It appears that Philadelphia was never truly a leading candidate for LeBron’s services. Of course, he may have a better chance to win a title had he signed with Philly. But it’s abundantly clear that LeBron’s decision to sign with Los Angeles was about much more than just basketball.
James chose Los Angeles for a variety of reasons. Some basketball, and some non-basketball. Had his decision been purely based on basketball, remaining in the putrid Eastern Conference was the obvious decision.
But as we know now, James did not give much consideration to Philly and the Lakers were always the favorite to land the King.