That's because LeBron exercised his power and made a call, reports Ken Burger of Bleacher Report.
[Not buying out Chandler until after the trade deadline] was the plan … until LeBron demanded a favor. It's no coincidence that the presenter was Sun's vice president of basketball James Jones, a close friend and longtime teammate of James.
"They could have bought it out within the trading period and received excellent leadership and mentorship for two-thirds of the season," said a rival manager to B / R. "But LeBron wanted him now."
LeBron has that kind of power. And LeBron has called Jones "my favorite player of all time".
It was not the first time that the LeBron / Jones connection rumor had been raised. Dave McMenamin of ESPN wrote:
"James made LeBron solid," a league source told ESPN.
When LeBron introduced the claim, he said it was really Chandler who benefited the most.
"He deserves all credit," he told ESPN of Jones. "He was very instrumental. He has done justice to Tyson as a veteran. "
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