Nowadays, NBA players have more control over their own careers than ever before. Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green gives LeBron James credit for this. He believes James paved the way for players to take control of their own careers.
Green spoke to CNBC this week and says that the doors LeBron has opened for athletes are his “biggest accomplishment”.
“You know, with what [LeBron’s] done in his career that’s kind of shown everybody else the power that you have as a player,” says Green. “That’s why you saw the movement this year is because the athlete, the basketball players have taken control of their own future.”
James is credited with shifting the power dynamic in the NBA when he chose to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010. Since then, many NBA players have left their current teams when they become free agents.
Recently, Anthony Davis requested a trade during the offseason from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite still being under contract for the 2019-2020 season, he informed the Pelicans he would not be returning next year, and the team was forced to trade him.