It is a fathomable possibility that LeBron James could sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014-15. James could go (pardon me, “take his talents”) back to the Cavaliers due to the early termination option in his current deal with the Miami Heat, along with the fact that Cleveland will have tons of cap room by the time ‘14-15 free agency rolls around.
The Cavs only have around $18 million penned in for 2014-15, and that covers Kyrie Irving, Tristian Thompson, Dion Waiters, and Tyler Zeller– four of their best players. Can you imagine throwing the best player in the world into that mix of young talent?
Chris Broussard of ESPN believes James will go back to the Cavs.
“I haven’t spoken to LeBron, but I think there’s a good chance he goes back to Cleveland in 2014,” Broussard said. “Don’t be surprised. James loves Northeast Ohio, still lives there in the summer and would love to make it right with that region. I think there’s a good chance he goes back and I said this when he first left: ‘Don’t be surprised if LeBron James returns to Cleveland. ‘I’m telling you, ‘Don’t be surprised.'”
A long term extension for Irving at the end of next season is likely, and would actually be a good move for the Cavs in their pursuit James. Irving is one of the best young PGs in the league already, and in a few years has a shot to be one of the elite players in the NBA.
Could it be possible to even think of a better basketball story? Picture this: The prodigy deserts his home town for a more attractive team and lifestyle, leads the Heat to a title, returns to Ohio, where he was born and raised, signs with Cleveland, and leads the Cavs to the title that they have coveted for so long. James rebuilds all of the bridges that he burned when he left, and he goes down in history as a hometown hero.
“I think it would be great. It would be fun to play in front of these fans again,” James said during a return to Cleveland with the Heat. “I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. … I’m here as a Miami Heat player, and I’m happy where I am now, but I don’t rule that out in no sense…And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.”
“If I decide to come back…”
Don’t rule it out: James could once again be a Cavalier. It seems as if it’s his “Decision.”