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Rich Paul, the agent of LeBron James, says it’s difficult to pinpoint the primary motive for why James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.
James signed a four-year, $153.3 million free agent deal with the Lakers. The four-time MVP was reportedly leaning toward L.A. for days, and according to those outside his direct orbit, for months — per Sports Illustrated.
“In 2010, when he went to Miami, it was about championships,” Paul told 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 delivered on his promise to Cleveland by bringing a championship in 2016. The Cavs became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals to win the title.
Paul says the meeting between James and Magic Johnson wasn’t really a pitch by Johnson, but just a conversation between two great basketball minds.
“Magic was Magic, but he was also Earvin,” Paul said. “It wasn’t a pitch. It was just a conversation: ‘Here’s who I am. Here’s what we do. Here’s the culture we stand for. Here’s what we’re trying to accomplish. Here’s how we look at you. Here’s how we value you.’ It was like watching two fish in a fish tank that speak a language the rest of the world can’t understand. Magic understands what it’s like to be LeBron. He was a 6-9 point guard. He was an MVP.”