Mar 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) talks to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) after a 100-96 Heat win at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Could LeBron James be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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The NBA free agency period has been very slow, without very many moves. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry are the only big-names to make a decision, resigning with their respective teams. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have yet to decide on who they will play for next season.

Carmelo has been more open with his free agency so far, but LeBron James has yet to hint which way he is leaning.

At first it seemed LeBron would return to the Miami Heat, but now everyone is unsure. James made it clear he wants a max-contract, which is fine, if anyone deserves a max deal, it’s LeBron.

But what was a major surprise is that Chris Bosh reportedly is seeking a max contract as well:

 

If Bosh leaves, and the Miami Heat are unable to land a big-time free agent, then why would LeBron James even consider returning to the Heat? Dwyane Wade is old and declining, and the rest of the roster does not look very promising.  Norris Cole and Shabazz Napier are the only players under contract for next season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are anticipating LeBron might be looking to sign somewhere else, and they are preparing for that:

 

I wouldn’t be surprised to see LeBron James return to Cleveland. In fact, if I had to bet right now, I’d say that’s where he is going. I don’t think his heart really ever left Cleveland, and it has always been one of his goals to win a championship for the city.

Notice the tweet said “and another max contract.” Who might that be? Could Cleveland land both LeBron James and Chris Bosh? I don’t have a calculator near me to see if it would work financially, but it definitely would be a great team basketball-wise. Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh would be a great team. We have yet to see Andrew Wiggins play in the NBA, but he has the potential to be an NBA super-star.

Even if Cleveland can’t lure Chris Bosh, there are still other possibilities. Kevin Love is unlikely, but you never know in the NBA today. If I was Cleveland, I’m not sure I would give up Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Kevin Love, he just has too much potential.

Cleveland is interested in Gordon Hayward, but if they are able to land LeBron, Hayward wouldn’t be as good of a fit. Signing Hayward along with LeBron might hurt the development of Andrew Wiggins.

What do you think? Where do you think LeBron James will end up? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below!

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