It is crazy to think that four summers after LeBron James made the decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and to join the Miami Heat, there’s a chance that he may return to his roots. What makes it even more awkward is that fans burned his jersey in the streets and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned an angry letter to the fans. I guess it is true what they say about time healing all wounds because James will reportedly choose between Miami and Cleveland in free agency.
Even though it should not come as a big surprise that James has narrowed his decision down to two teams, I have to say I never thought the Cavaliers would be one of the last two remaining. It makes one wonder how realistic the chances are for Cleveland to actually land him considering the team has shown no reason to believe they could contend for a championship in 2014-15. At this point, I wonder if it is more of a publicity stunt to lure his hometown fans into liking him again. Basically, it is his way of showing that he at least gave the Cavaliers a chance to sign him.
On the other hand, Cleveland has a plan in place to acquire other big-named players if James comes to town. In fact, there is a rumor that a trade for Kevin Love is a realistic possibility once the Cavaliers ink a deal with James. On top of that, Kyrie Irving is a fantastic point guard and the recent selection of Andrew Wiggins in the draft is encouraging as well.
James will meet with Heat president Pat Riley today to discuss what the organization plans to do to give him every chance of winning more titles. Signing Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts is certainly a start, but James wants clear definite proof that Miami is ready to take its game to the next level. James wants to be a part of a dynasty, and he wants to win more rings with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke the news about James deciding between the Heat and the Cavaliers while he made an appearance on Fox Sports Live.