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:

The way LeBron James told the Lakers he was signing with them was sort of anti-climactic

  The way LeBron James told the Lakers he was signing with them was sort of anti-climactic I wouldn’t take anything under the two fist bumps and three flame emojis. Get ready for the Lakeshow.

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 .

Click here for the latest odds on LeBron ' s next club, as well as 2019 title odds for every team. The Lakers are 20-1 to win it all next year, behind only the Warriors, Rockets, 76ers and Celtics, which is notable as the latter three are also considered viable free agency destinations for 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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Speculation swirls that LeBron James could end up with either Los Angeles team this summer in a decision that might be equal parts basketball and branding. The competitive spirit they collectively found. It' s so much more gratifying to win now -- the Lakers are 18-8 since Jan.

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.

LeBron James officially signs with Lakers

  LeBron James officially signs with Lakers As expected, James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.The free agent had already announced via his agency on July 2 that he had agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.

LeBron James will go only where winning ‘matters most’ in free agency . Lakers make all the right moves to land Paul George and LeBron James next summer. Last summer, Paul George reportedly was committed to joining the Lakers in 2018, his hometown team.

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.

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