LeBron James had three meetings at his home in Ohio with his closest advisors in the two weeks after losing in The Finals to the Warriors.
Their talks were centered on the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers. James asked Rich Paul to research those organizations and present him with feedback when he returned from his vacation in Anguilla.
Unlike his previous two decisions, James worked with urgency.
James met with Paul on Saturday and planned communication with the Cavaliers, 76ers and Lakers. But James was focused on the Lakers. James talked with Kobe Bryant on the phone and invited Magic Johnson to his house.
James explained to Johnson that he wants to help build a contender that lasts and believes the Lakers have the right mix of recruiters, assets and cap space to do it.
James is enthralled by the idea of forming a partnership with Johnson.
On Sunday afternoon, James and his wife went back to the Van Nuys Airport for a couple's trip to Europe.
Klutch Sports prepared a press release but they weren't sure if or when they'd distribute it. But James phoned Paul as he was boarding the plane.
"Call the Lakers," said James.