Rich Paul is the agent for Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James, which means a big part of Paul’s job is to advise James.
And from the sounds of things, Paul thinks James should make the Cavs a priority in free agency.
“For anywhere – not Los Angeles, not Miami, not Detroit, Milwaukee – I think for LeBron, and for most athletes, the most important thing is about winning,” Paul said on appearance on The Herd (via NBC Sports). “At his level, it should be. It should be about winning at his point in his career.”
Then Paul pointed out the obvious — James has been winning plenty since returning to the Cavs in 2014.
“Cleveland won 60 games and went to the Finals three years in a row,” Paul said. “So, I think his focus should be there. I think he owes that to his teammates and he owes it to the organization to keep his focus on the Cleveland Cavaliers for right now. And my job is to, at such time, give him the advice that he wants and prepare him to be able to make whatever decision he wants to make at such time. Right now, that’s not the time.”
James, 32, enters free agency yet again in July. The Cavs struggled for the early part of November after trading Kyrie Irving to Boston and adding eight new faces.
Things have gone better lately, with three wins in a row and four of five overall heading into the weekend.
Still, speculation on James’ future has ranged from him staying with the Cavs and finishing his career in Cleveland, to him departing for Los Angeles or some other far off destination.
On media day, James said his goal is to win more championships with the Cavs. But until he signs on the dotted line, there will be endless rumors and reports that he will leave the franchise a second time.
Paul, perhaps, calmed some of that talk, even if just for a short while.