In an essay written for Sports Illustrated, LeBron James has announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after he left for the Miami Heat.
Yes, you read that correctly. Despite The Decision, the welcome party, the burning jerseys and that Dan Gilbert letter, the two-time NBA Champion will return to his native Ohio.
James rejoins the Cavaliers at perhaps the opportune moment. Cleveland has had three of the last four number one picks in the draft, selecting Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. While Bennett has yet to work out, Irving is already an All-Star and locked into a long-term contract and Wiggins is a nailed-on NBA stud on a rookie contract.
The knock-on reactions could be wide-ranging, affecting not just the suddenly stacked Central Division but also the delicate balance in the tight Western Conference playoff picture.
The Cavs were trying to create enough assets to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, with 2014 top pick Wiggins thought to be the makeweight to create the newest NBA super-team.
With LeBron leaving, Chris Bosh is now put in the rather simple position of deciding whether to stay in Miami and rescue a sinking ship with an aging Dwyane Wade and no prospects or sign the contract offered to him by the Houston Rockets and team up with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
This was the general reaction on Twitter.