Offbeat LeBron's agent implies decision to join the Lakers was not about winning titles

12:55  12 july  2018
12:55  12 july  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

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LeBron ’ s deal with the Lakers was made official on Monday, when he penned a four-year deal worth Klutch Sports tweeted a picture of LeBron signing the deal alongside his agent , Rich Paul, and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. Bookies Slash Odds on Lakers to Win Title With LeBron .

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There’s a whole plethora of reasons LeBron James decided to move on from his Cleveland Cavaliers this summer and join one of the most notable franchises in sports history.

Suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers will enable James to play for a franchise that boasts some of the game’s greats, current president Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant included.

Looking at a career in the entertainment industry as a producer following his NBA career, Los Angeles offers the allure of Hollywood. On the court, these Lakers are a young and entertaining product. It’s much different than the Cavaliers squad James left.

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But was winning a title one of James’ biggest reasons for joining the Lakers? According to his agent, Rich Paul, it wasn’t.

“In 2010, when he went to Miami, it was about championships,” Paul told 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.”

Despite being hailed as top-end title contenders, the Lakers themselves are not close to competing with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. The roster is still very much a work in progress. James knows that. It’s not necessarily about next season as much as it is about the future.

By signing a four-year deal with an opt out after three seasons, James is in this for the long haul. And if we were to ask Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, it’s all about a long-term vision.

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Share If LeBron James wants to win , the Lakers offer more than the Cavaliers. This is obviously a complicating factor given LeBron ’ s historic penchant for taking his time to make a free agent decision — the Lakers , if they believe If he wanted to pursue greater global stardom, he’d join the Lakers .

The pressure is certainly on King James to bring a championship back to Tinseltown, but it’s readily apparent that said pressure won’t be hanging over James this coming season.

Clippers' Jerry West: 'LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing' .
Jerry West was not impressed by the Lakers' "recruitment" of LeBron James."All due respect to the Lakers, who handled everything well, but as these things go, LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing," West told Sports Illustrated. "LeBron wanted to come to L.A. and he wanted to come to the Lakers. Period.

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