Report: Execs Think LeBron James Has Chosen Lakers, 'Indecision Is All Theater'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2018

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LeBron James is going to be a Los Angeles Laker—at least according to the thought process of some NBA executives.  

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported some league executives believe LeBron has already chosen the Lakers and that his "indecision is all theater."

James, 33, opted out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. His representation has been meeting with teams since the free-agency period began at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday.

The Lakers were viewed as clear favorites heading into the free-agency process, but the waters appear murkier now. Paul George agreed to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, leaving James without his most obvious potential co-star. The Lakers have also been unable to pull off a trade for Kawhi Leonard, who has been seen as another player who could join him in Los Angeles.

James is taking a more hands-off approach during this free agency, allowing agent Rich Paul to handle most of the discussions. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Paul had a meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers scheduled for Sunday. The Sixers have also discussed potentially trading for Leonard, who is disgruntled in San Antonio.

It's possible James comes to Los Angeles alone. He has two homes in the Los Angeles area and a growing production company. It's possible this will be more of a lifestyle choice than a basketball decision.

But the strain on the Lakers' basketball efforts here are showing and could make the seemingly foregone conclusion anything but.