The explosion of interest in NBA free agency, which we here at Silver Screen and Roll are absolutely not immune to, can directly be tied back to LeBron James.
“The Decision”, an hour-long special in which James announced his intentions to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami in 2010, kicked off an unending frenzy surrounding player movement and player agency, which James has continued to use to his advantage.
Now, James is being credited with popularizing a new type of free agency maneuver: choosing an NBA team based on business or personal motives.
As Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck wrote in his NBA Finals free agency missive, players around the league — including two free agents currently in the Finals — have taken note of James’ decision to seemingly prioritize family and off-the-court opportunities over basketball fit.
Paul Pierce thinks players who have already won a title will be particularly drawn to this path: But when James moved a third time, to the Lakers last summer, he chose a franchise with no proven stars, an inexperienced front office and no clear path to contention.