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Koby Altman on LeBron James going to the Lakers: ‘He deserved to make this decision for him and his career’

The Cavs GM made his first public comments since James’ exit on Friday.

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For the first time since LeBron James made the decision to become a Los Angeles Laker, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke publicly about James’ move.

Altman said this free agency decision is one that James deserved to make, and that the Cavs organization isn’t taking it personally, according to’s Joe Vardon:

“I think this was a decision largely for him and he deserved that,” Altman said Friday, in his first public comments since James chose to join the Los Angeles Lakers last Sunday.

“He deserved to make this decision for him and his career and what he wanted to do,” Altman said. “So, we can’t take it personal. We’re not bitter. We’re thankful and happy that he spend the last four years with us.”

Altman also said that while they are “disappointed,” they are “extremely thankful” for everything James gave to the franchise.

Much like the comments head coach Tyronn Lue made on Friday night, there isn’t much else for Altman to say about James’ decision as the Cavs begin moving forward in their second post-James era.