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?


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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  • Jarod Cook

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. As the FA period drags on, it’s looking more and more likely that Lebron is returning to Cleveland.

    As for the cap figures. Cleveland has $33.6 mil on the books right now, that leaves almost $30 mil in space right now. If it means making more cap space they can try to move Jack, Gee, and Hopson, which would free up another $10 mil. Or try moving Varejao and his $9.8 mil. But him and Lebron are friends so I don’t think they move him. With almost $40 mil in cap space they could very well bring in both Lebron and Bosh. Or they instead bring in Lebron and trade for Love. Giving them Waiters+Jack+2 of the 1st rd picks. That frees up almost $11 mil in cap space, and lets Wiggins start at the 2 guard.

  • Stevie Adams

    “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.” Man I hope you are correct about this. but i cant stand chris bosh. i do not want him in cleveland. if he can bring a championship, then ok maybe, but i think he’s a waste of space. WHat if Dwayne Wade follows with LeBron to Cleveland as a returning gesture since LeBron came to Wade’s team the first go-round? just a thought.

    • Steffan

      I’d rather have Bosh and LeBron rather than Wade. Especially with the D Blatt system that will be implemented.

      • Stevie Adams

        id probably agree with you if i had to kake the call. im not saying dwayne wade could be a key piece to the cavs, just trying to figure out why Wade would give up 40 mill dollar contract. seems suspicious or odd. nonetheless im excited to see this new cavs team with or without Bron. its gonna be entertaining!

        • Reece Helms

          In my opinion, I think there is over a 50% chance LeBron ends up in Cleveland. Not only does it look like the best option, but it’s his home town. But, there is about a 0% chance Wade follows him to Cleveland, so you don’t have to worry about that. No way Wade leaves Miami. Bosh is the best fit, but don’t be surprised to see the Cavs go after Kevin Love. Even if LeBron doesn’t come back, Cleveland still has a promising future with Kyrie and Wiggins

        • Patrick Gates

          Yes it will. We really don’t need lebron but would love to see him back in a Cleveland uniform

  • Lt.Dan .

    omfg if he comes back i will break out in tears of joy

  • Patrick Gates

    To See The Big Three Settle Down Here Would Be Nice But I Really Like The Cavs As Is. But If Lebron Wants To Come home. Let him come home

  • Jason Farmwald

    Many are saying Lebron already made his decision to come back to cleveland. And anyway think about this. The cavs have always been in the running for james after he left cleveland. Try made a good young roster and kept a few old pieces like wild thing. I think he wanted To go out and win and in the back if his mind always want to come back to cleveland when they build there roster up. We built a great young team that Lebron wouldn’t have to carry if he came home (which I believe he is) which is the big reason he left cleveland for was because it was only him. Now you got guys like Irving, TT, dion, and now wiggins! I believe Lebron is coming home #returnoftheking

  • http://yahoo harold coleman

    lebron wants recognition for his basketball talents, but whether or not he surpasses michael jordan he is this areas best!