Since LeBron James left for the Miami Heat in 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled to get their franchise back on track and this season hasn’t been any different as they currently have the second-worst record in the league at 9-31. Obviously, losing a star player like James will set any franchise back a couple of years, but imagine a scenario where the King returned to the city he left behind a few years ago to play for the Cavaliers again?
One of the hottest NBA rumors this week has involved James and the chatter surrounding the Cavaliers as an organization when it comes to targeting their former star once he becomes a free agent in 2014. While there’s still plenty of games left this season, the chances of Cleveland becoming a playoff contender with Anderson Varejo out of the lineup seem highly unlikely and there would be no point in making a trade before February’s deadline for a player with a hefty contract.
With this taken into consideration on top of the fact that Cleveland is expected to have plenty of cap space by then–the possibility of James returning home doesn’t seem so crazy at all.
The main reason why James bolted for South Beach in 2010 was due to the fact that joining the Heat with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would help him get the monkey off his back of winning that first championship. Now that he’s already earned a ring and could even have one or two more by the time 2014 rolls around, James would be at a point in his career where he would be playing with less pressure.
While the reaction of the divided fans would certainly be interesting to witness, don’t be surprised if this crazy theory becomes more realistic in two years and James considers a return to the state of Ohio.
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