In the summer of 2014, LeBron James can opt out of his contract and once again explore free agency.
James could elect to remain in Miami, playing alongside what would be a declining Dwayne Wade who would be entering his 30’s. Furthermore, the new CBA will make it very difficult to have three max contract players on one roster.
Though a million dominos (and that might not even be an exaggeration) would have to fall into place, the Los Angeles Lakers also plan on making a hard run at the king. While a pairing of James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard would be fun, it is also incredibly unrealistic.
Yet, there remains one franchise that stands as good a chance as any and perhaps better, to land the reigning MVP.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have strategically maintained cap flexibility so that should James opt out, a return to home is possible.
James’ agent, Rich Paul, has been privately telling people for the last two years about his desire to bring the league’s best player back to where it all began.
Paul’s agency, Klutch Sports, is based in Cleveland.
Paul, along with James’ business manager, Maverick Carter, see the tremendous personal benefits that would come with bringing their most prominent client back home.
In Cleveland, James would be paired with a peaking Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers’ young role players such as Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, and the fourth pick in this year’s draft, Dion Waiters.
It may not evoke the same reaction that the big three in Miami currently does, but it would certainly be a formidable roster.
Not to mention the possibility and likelihood of the team attaining a third prominent player, to assure being one of the immediate title contenders.
Would James seriously consider going back to Cleveland? What role does his relationship with owner Dan Gilbert play in all this? Would the fans welcome him back?
The answers to these questions plus many more remain as unclear as the king’s desires, as the NBA’s destiny once again rests firmly in his hands.