It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers have suddenly regained their confidence, as their pursuit of free agent LeBron James has picked up serious steam in the last day. It’s gotten to the point where the Cavaliers have even deployed Kyrie Irving to pitch James on returning to the team that originally drafted him.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, Irving has made a recruiting pitch to James, even going as far as saying that the Cavaliers will give him all of the support he needs.
Kyrie Irving has made recruiting pitch to LeBron James, sources say. ESPN reports Kyrie as saying Cavs will get LeBron all the help he needs — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 7, 2014
While it seemed farfetched a couple of weeks ago, the Cavaliers’ attempt to bring James back to Ohio is gaining traction in a big hurry. First was the rumor that the team was working on a trade that would rid them of Jarrett Jack’s pricey contract. Then owner Dan Gilbert removed his infamous letter to fans after James left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat from the team’s site. Now, Irving is offering up his own words to help convince the King to make a return trip to Cleveland.
All along, the belief had been that James would re-sign with the Heat, especially after Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opted out of their deals. However, recent developments are starting to give other teams – including the Cavaliers – hope that they can lure in the NBA’s best player.
Considering the fact that they have Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson and a couple of other developing talents on the roster, the Cavaliers wouldn’t be the worst landing spots for James. Plus, if the best Pat Riley and Co. can do is Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, James might be better off trying his luck elsewhere instead of returning to Miami.
No one knows at this point what James is thinking, but it’s becoming more unclear by the minute. If all of the recent rumors are true, though, the Cavaliers could be serious contenders to land him.
In the meantime, enjoy the endless onslaught of speculation.