Jerry West: LeBron James ‘Not a Tough Free-Agent Signing’ for Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series and take the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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The Los Angeles Lakers landed this summer’s top free agent in LeBron James, but one NBA legend doesn’t believe the organization should get too much credit for making it happen.  

Former Lakers star and current Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West recently told Sports Illustrated‘s Jack McCallum that Magic Johnson and Co. didn’t have to do much to get James in purple and gold:

“All due respect to the Lakers, who handled everything well, but as these things go, LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing. LeBron wanted to come to L.A. and he wanted to come to the Lakers. Period.

“He has a family he’s thinking about. He has a home here. He has a son whom he wants to keep in one school in Los Angeles. He will be a celebrity out here, sure, but it’s a place where, once in a while, he can get lost, be himself. You can’t do that everywhere.”

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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July 11, 2018 at 07:35PM

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