LeBron James Unlikely to Return to Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers fans may not want to be holding their breath for a LeBron James return. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, a heartwarming reunion isn’t likely to be in the cards.
There had been speculation the past two years that James could opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat at the end of this season, and rejoin his former hometown team for the 2014-15 NBA season.
It’s a storybook ending that may never be written, as James and the Heat are still primed for another potential NBA title, and if they can find a way to keep their current roster relatively intact, there is every reason to think more titles could be coming.
In Cleveland, James isn’t guaranteed anything, while James and Cleveland’s front office didn’t exactly leave things on the best of terms. With that said, chatter about a potential return has picked up steam with the NBA Playoffs drawing to a close. The Cleveland Cavaliers obtaining the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft only added fuel to the fire, but by no means guarantees James would be interested in returning to his hometown team.
The Cavaliers have done a decent job adding talent at guard in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, while they even added Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes via trades last season. What they do with the roster may not be good enough to persuade James to ditch a proven championship caliber roster in Miami, however, while King James may simply not want to return to such a pressure-filled scene.
James was never able to get Cleveland an NBA title while with the team, but did get his Cavs to one NBA Finals (his first ever), where Cleveland got swept by the vastly superior San Antonio Spurs.
While Cleveland was jam-packed with pressure and insane expectations, a glaring issue with James in Cleveland was always a lack of a true supporting cast. In Miami, James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to give the Heat a “big three”, while the Miami front office worked hard to get the trio a solid group of role players to help form a legit title contender.
James and co. went on to lose to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals in their first season together, and have since won back to back titles.
There is still a reasonable chance James could opt out of his deal with Miami to earn more money or look to another more high profile location like New York or Los Angeles. However, a return to Cleveland can apparently be dismissed.
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