By Shane Phillips @ShaneRantSports on July 7, 2014
The NBA Headlines are buzzing with news that LeBron James is "listening" and interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers' pitch. Although it may seem like a fairytale ending for the "King" to return to his hometown and win a championship, here are five reasons why it is merely a fairytale.
Remember that terrific, well-written prophecy that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote? You know, the one where he predicted Cleveland would win a ring before James? Yea, the only reason anyone remembers that is because it made Gilbert look like the biggest donkey to ever walk the earth. I just find it hard to believe that either Gilbert of James can get over that letter.
I don't understand why Cleveland didn't try to hire a more high-profile coach to run the team. If James were to return, would this be a Mike Brown situation all over again? James does have a tremendous amount of experience himself, but there is an awful lot of young talent to mold in the Cavs organization. If I'm James, David Blatt sets off all the wrong signals.
There are some nice young pieces in Cleveland, including Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters. and the newly-drafted Andrew Wiggins. However, even with a handful of lottery picks since James' departure, the Cavaliers have seen very little success. Might I add that they also have cycled through coaches and even brought back Brown at one point? The track history is just atrocious here.
The Cavaliers do not currently have the cap space to come close to offering what James wants. In order to create the possibility, they would inevitably have to trade away some players and picks. First to go should be Anthony Bennett, who is just dead weight, but who wants a player who has proven nothing? Cleveland may have to give up some crucial role players, leaving a questionable supporting cast around James.
Even if none of the previous factors mattered, the bridge is beyond repair. Gilbert's letter aside, the city of Cleveland's reaction to James leaving was one for the decade. How could James feel comfortable returning to a city that immediately announced him as DOA once he announced his decision in 2010? Would the star really feel loved in a city that so quickly abandoned him? I sure wouldn't.
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