David Griffin offers insight as to why James signed with Lakers

Ashish Mathur

Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin believes LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers so that the four-time MVP can begin to set up his post-NBA career.

James signed a four-year, $153.5 million contract with the Lakers in July. Many have questioned James' decision to join the Lakers since the roster appears nowhere near ready to compete for a championship in the rugged Western Conference.

Griffin, like so many others, thinks this was more of a lifestyle move for James.

“You know, it’s really interesting,” Griffin said on Cleveland.com’s Wine and Gold Talk podcast. "So, obviously, I have nothing but the ultimate respect for him and clearly I think he is the best player of his generation and probably several other generations. Look, nobody even knows my name if he’s not from Akron, and I’m very, very consciously aware of that and I think one of the reasons that he felt compelled to do this is that in setting up his post-NBA career, when you’ve got a production company that’s as prolific as his is already, there’s no better way to establish yourself in Hollywood and announce your presence with authority like signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"So, I think this has as much to do with what comes next as anything else. I think his family enjoys the lifestyle there and I can’t say I blame them, it’s beautiful. But you don’t go about the process of buying a home in LA and continue to upgrade your home in LA while you’re living in Cleveland, without some intention of going to LA."

James is an executive and producer on a bevy of TV shows and upcoming movies. James' son, LeBron James Jr., will be playing his high school ball at Crossroads School, which is located in Santa Monica, California.

Obviously, James wants to win championships with the Lakers, but it's fair to say he had some non-basketball motives driving him to Los Angeles.