LeBron James to Choose Between Heat and Cavaliers
All eyes are on LeBron James. Despite very little coming from James himself or his camp, the NBA’s best player is supposedly set to decide between returning to his hometown franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers, or give it another go with the Miami Heat.
James is reportedly torn between which side to take, and for various reasons. While we wait for King James’ decision, let’s take a look at both sides and see where James will likely end up playing next season and possibly for quite some time:
Why LeBron James Will Choose Cleveland
This is where LeBron’s roots are, so despite receiving hell from owner Dan Gilbert and a good amount of the Cavs’ fan base for departing for South Beach four years ago, James will think long and hard about returning to his own stomping grounds. After all, the whole reason he left in the first place was to go win titles. He has two of them now, so he could return to the Cavs and finish out another long run trying to bring Cleveland one, as well.
It’s more than just the hometown allure, though. James is going to feel immense pressure from his agent, family and friends, who all want him back in Cleveland for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a huge story, but it’d also allow James to make up for the way he left. However, one of the biggest reasons for moving back to Cleveland might have very little to do with the Cavs at all.
Dwyane Wade was a shell of himself last year during the Finals, and it’s entirely possible James and his camp see the title window in Miami slowly closing. With Chris Bosh reportedly considering a max deal to go elsewhere this year, James may not love the idea of hitching his wagon to a potentially sinking ship.
On the flip-side, the Cavs also have a pretty talented corps with star point guard Kyrie Irving, talented big man Tristan Thompson and electric rookie, Andrew Wiggins. Add LeBron to the mix, and this could easily be a legit contender again in the sorry Eastern Conference.
Why LeBron James Will Choose Miami
The Heat got owned by the Spurs in this year’s Finals, but they still got there. In fact, James has two titles on his resume now thanks to Wade, Bosh and the rest of the Heat, while that crew has reached an impressive four straight NBA Finals series now. That’s not going to be easy to turn a back to.
James also has loyalty to Wade and Bosh, as he’s their friends and both players can still play at a high level. Pat Riley is also committed to making the Heat even better, as he’s already drafted rookie point guard Shabazz Napier (who James is a fan of) and also signed some depth pieces in Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.
Riley probably isn’t done just yet, while there is also the rumor swirling around that Carmelo Anthony could swoop in and join James and Wade if Bosh bolts. That part is mere speculation (or wishful thinking), but there are other pieces the Heat could still add, such as Luol Deng and Pau Gasol that could serve as more than enough reason for James to make a return.
Verdict: He’s Staying in Miami
They key here is that if James left for Cleveland or anywhere else, it’s probably for a max deal. He does want a max deal, but if he returned to Miami, it’d only be for a short 1-2 year deal, or maybe a three-year deal with a player option in any of those seasons. As long as the Heat give him flexibility and he knows he can jump from a potentially sinking ship at anytime, it’s likely he keeps trucking along with the team and players that made him a champion for the first time in his career.
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