The whispers seem to be getting louder about LeBron James returning to Cleveland in 2014. He can opt out of his contract in Miami after the 2013-14 season. Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl said he can see LeBron returning to the team that drafted him because of the challenge and chance to play with Kyrie Irving.
The Cavs are building around Kyrie Irving. They might trade Anderson Varejao but probably not in the coming trade deadline as he is out for six to eight weeks due to knee surgery. The Cavs also have some nice young players in Tristan Thompson and rookie Dion Waiters. But will they get someone from the 2013 Free Agent class?
Most NBA people say no because…
Via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:
Executives and agents around the league are convinced the Cavaliers won’t do anything to jeopardize their ability to sign a free agent to a max contract during the summer of 2014, when LeBron James can again become a free agent. As fans in Northeast Ohio continue to howl and remain divided about the possibility of his return, more and more people around the league believe there is a strong possibility James will indeed return to Cleveland after next season.
LeBron James has already won a title with Miami. As Karl said previously, James could be looking for a new challenge once his deal is up there. He’s already played with his friends, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. So why not come back to the Cavaliers, where he previously promised a title there? James and Irving would be a devastating duo, with Irving only turning 22 at the start of the 2014-15 campaign. James would still be at the prime of his career that year, turning 30 on December 30th of that season.
And it would make sense for Cleveland. They have a lot of cap space so why not spend it on someone who might actually be worth it in LeBron James? Yes, he was branded a traitor by many in Ohio but all would be forgiven if he decides that he wants to spend the rest of his career in Cleveland instead of Miami. And if James brings a title to the championship-starving city of Cleveland, the Decision and the four seasons he spent away from the Cavs would all be forgotten.
But let’s worry about the 2012-13 season. Right now, it’s a pipe dream. But it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?