LeBron James may not have taken long to make his decision to go to Los Angeles, but the Philadelphia 76ers insist he hesitated at least a bit.
Speaking about their meeting with James' agent, Rich Paul, and Klutch Sports at the start of free agency for the first time, Sixers managing partner Josh Harris and coach and interim GM Brett Brown has this to say:
"I think they considered us very strongly," Harris said. "I think he—I would be speculating on how he makes his decisions, and I don't want to do that—but I think that they were really serious [about Philadelphia]. The fact that they took the meeting with us was something that they didn't view lightly, so I think that they were very serious about it."
So why did he not consider Philly strongly enough?
The Sixers felt the sting of not landing the premier free agent in the game while seeing Paul George re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder made the choice a lot easier for James.
Well that and the fact that he has two homes in LA and will join a promising young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Balland Josh Hart to go with experienced veteran playmakers including new additions Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.