LeBron James apparently needed Quinn Prepare dinner to land with the Lakers.
Prepare dinner, who inked a two-year, $6 million contract with Los Angeles earlier this month, advised Silver Display screen and Roll that James lobbied Lakers common supervisor Rob Pelinka to signal him.
Right here was Prepare dinner’s full quote on the affect LeBron had on his choice to signal right here, together with calling Lakers GM Rob Pelinka pic.twitter.com/s3PJ1pN0vX
– Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) July 11, 2019
Prepare dinner, 26, mentioned he grew to become shut with James whereas he was in coaching camp with the Cavaliers in 2015.
“Any time over my career, he would make sure I was good, talking to me and giving me advice,” Prepare dinner mentioned, by way of the Mercury Information. “To have a guy like that in your corner who I can reach out to any time and gives me advice, it helps me at every stage of my career. It’s something I’ve never taken for granted. I’m looking forward to reuniting with him again.”
Prepare dinner was additionally teammates with Anthony Davis, who Los Angeles acquired in a blockbuster commerce this summer season, in New Orleans for a brief time frame.
“We definitely will be able to compete for a championship,” Prepare dinner mentioned about becoming a member of the Lakers. “That was the biggest thing. Just to keep learning and be around good players every day and keep getting better as a player. I’m just excited for the opportunity.”
Prepare dinner spent the final two seasons with the Warriors and averaged 6.9 factors in 14.three minutes per recreation in 2018-19. He was initially a restricted free agent, however Golden State rescinded his qualifying provide in an effort to create cap area to amass D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets.
“I had some teams reach out, then the Lakers thing came about, and it was just perfect,” Prepare dinner told Silver Screen and Roll. “Our talks were great, and everything went how it was supposed to, and we got it done.”
The Lakers had the flexibility to signal a 3rd max participant this summer season, however missed out on Kawhi Leonard, who signed with the Clippers. They then went on to signal Danny Inexperienced, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Prepare dinner, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Avery Bradley.
Los Angeles has additionally reportedly attended the exercises of veterans Lance Stephenson, Marreese Speights, Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis.