"But even if we were, you know the Lakers...once you retire, you become all about the organization, and the next player that is in that jersey...the players who come before have a responsibility to help them win more championships".
Nearly certainly, the Spurs will demand a much bigger return than the Cleveland Cavaliers received last summer, when they traded Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick.
While his first letter from 2010 was written in comic sans - and one that James himself said was racial - Gilbert's second attempt was much more professional and gracious.
It was rumoured for the last 12 months that James would make the move to the City of Angels but until free agency officially opened on Sunday, it was largely unclear what he was going to do regarding his future.
USA media reports said the Lakers move was sealed following a meeting late Saturday between James and the team's president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. Overall, it was a great job by both Magic and Pelinka to sell James on coming to Los Angeles.
The arrival of LeBron James, however, means that Ball is no longer the face of the franchise and the Lakers no longer need to coddle him. Those subsequent moves raise one important question: LeBron is aware the Lakers did that, right?
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However, BJP leaders here said it was time to help the stranded commuters rather than indulging in "blame game". Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has directed officials to speed up the fix work and restore traffic.
In a short statement, he said on Instagram: "Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons". "This will always be home".
But the Warriors obtained Kevin Durant after that loss and Golden State has gone 8-1 against the Cavs in the two NBA Finals since.
Before Sunday's announcement regarding James, George had agreed to a multi-year contract with the Thunder and the likelihood of the Lakers landing Leonard in a trade from the Spurs appeared to be dwindling.