With news that Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James would opt out of their contracts to pursue free agency hitting the NBA over the past couple days, the speculation about the “King’s” return to the Cleveland Cavaliers has already begun. Aside from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavaliers are also one of the few NBA teams that have the ability to clear enough cap space to bring aboard Anthony and/or James. According to this graphic from SLC Dunk, the Cavaliers have the ninth-most cap space available heading into the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday.
With three No. 1 picks over the past four seasons, the Cavaliers have the young talent, fresh outlook, stern leader, right front office mindset and monetary structure to bring in a high-profile star like Anthony or James despite many citing how unattractive a destination like Cleveland is for the lavish lifestyles of Anthony and James.
Although James opted to test free agency this summer along with Anthony, it doesn’t mean that he will be leaving the Miami Heat for sure. The four-time Eastern Conference champions have some remodeling to do if they want to bring James back for more money than he originally signed on for, but it’s not farfetched that he would return to a team that has won two of the past four NBA Finals.
Crazier things have happened during LeBron’s career, but this upcoming Thursday could be a big day for LeBron in terms of him deciding his NBA future.