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Here’s some “LeBron could return to Cleveland” speculation for you

Dec 24, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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LeBron James can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014.

He likely will do that just to sign another max extension for five years with the Heat. It’s a long shot he leaves South Beach… so you’re telling me there’s a chance? The fact that that the best player in the game today has the possibility of being on the move has teams and fans dreaming like they did when he was a free agent a couple years ago.

So, how about a “he will come back to Cleveland” dream?

That’s what Jason Lloyd of the Beacon-Journal talked about in a column looking at the Cavaliers long-term rebuilding plans.

And yes, believe it or not, he will give Cleveland a close look. He has a relationship with (Kyrie) Irving and (Tristan) Thompson. His new agent, Rich Paul, is a local guy who has long been a close friend. Paul also represents Thompson. A number of pieces are aligning, but the biggest draw is missing.

The Cavs realistically must be a playoff team for James to consider them. He will turn 30 during the 2014-15 season. It’s inconceivable he would return to Cleveland for a rebuilding project. That means the Cavs will at least have to make the playoffs next season for them to be viable contenders in a free-agent market that will surely include the Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

Playing with Kyrie Irving is a draw. Tristan Thompson… not so much. And there are more complicating factors going back to Cleveland, starting with the whole “they are just not very good” thing.

Personally I doubt LeBron goes anywhere. He will spend the rest of his prime in Miami (maybe the rest of his career).

But you can expect a lot of articles about dreams the next couple years until LeBron inks that new max deal.

  1. danielgmz - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Fans in Cleveland don’t precisely like him. They hate him.
    If the Cavs were to sign LBJ, the fans would go nuts! Besides, I think LBJ had enough free-agency drama. I think he will stay the rest of his career in South Beach. He’s the man there, no need to look for somewhere else.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      I’m sure ALL the Cleveland fan base will be
      happy that you have relayed their position on his return!

      I think if they had a new owner in a few years, he would return,
      I don’t see him returning for Dan.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Nope, we pretty much all hate him. In fact, I loathe him so much I don’t even speak his name like he is Voldemort.

    • kindasporty - Dec 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      What if he were to make a big splash while making this decision. Just off the top of my head, what if he didn’t tell anyone where he was going to sign, then went on ESPN during prime time to tell everyone he is coming back to Cleveland? Could you imagine how popular something like that would make him? That would be awesome.

    • moseskkim - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      If he came back, they would Receive him back. No doubt. U telling me they wouldnt accept the best player in the game for a 1 hr tv special? They’ll be ecstatic because they become championship contenders instantly in a city that hasn’t had much success in sports.

  2. ebrownwareagle - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Cleveland will welcome this Dude back with open arms… If they don’t, their Stupid! Get over the decision Folks. He went to the Finals Twice and won one. Cleveland still searching for winning seasons Pre and Post Lebron. Never while he was there. They’ll take him back.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      When calling someone stupid, you better be damn sure you get they’re, their, there correct.
      You didn’t

  3. ron05342 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    This columnist must have started on his holiday cheer a bit early.

    Or he is taking something illegal. Because these are definitely self-induced hallucinations.

  4. kvvvv2391 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Yeah… This ain’t going to happen. If LBJ ever leaves So. Beach, he can go anywhere. Why would he go back to Cleveland? To an owner that stabbed him in the back with a box of crayons??? Not going to happen.

  5. latchbeam - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Tristan Thompson is a very good second year player with a high ceiling.

    • moseskkim - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      The only high ceiling he may have is his house. Please don’t say he’s very good at anything basketball related.

  6. kfiz14 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Hey wareagle, saying “their stupid” makes you stupid. Dumbass.

  7. dannymac17 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    He can come to LA, just not the Lakers. They stink.

    • money2long - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      i wonder how lebron would do on a team with a center like dwight howard. two dominant forces in their prime. that may be the best inside outside threat if ever it came to fruition.

      i’m not holding my breath though. and after he left the knicks high and dry, i’m ridding myself of the ‘where will lebron go next’ fiasco, forever.

      • money2long - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        by best inside outside threat, i mean in 2014.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Dec 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Is this a joke?
        Dwight Howard is not a dominant force
        Never has been, unlikely he will ever be

  8. tomtravis76 - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Do you really think he would ever work for Dan Gilbert again? No chance he helps Dan Gilbert line his pockets anymore.

    If Lebron leaves Miami(and that is very doubtful), he would head to Brooklyn.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    And Julia Roberts might go back to Lyle Lovett

  10. charlutes - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    He’s gonna play for Dan Gilbert again? get real.

  11. buffalowned - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Cleveland don’t act like you wouldn’t gladly take him back..he single handedly made the cavs relevant for 7 years. 3 lottery picks later and they are still one of the worst teams in the league. They got a gift winning the rights to lebron and couldn’t put any talent around him. Be thankful for 7 great years and hope that you get another chance

  12. lemfax - Dec 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Nah. Unless he gonna dunk over to Rajon & kevin, or BM challenge him

  13. 32magicman - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    How could he resist playing for the pelicans.

  14. tannethrill - Dec 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Not unless Dan Gilbert sells the team

  15. Louis Tumblin - Dec 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    If Lebron stays in Miami and signs another max deal. Does that mean Bosh or Wade is gone ?
    Under the new luxury tax rules I don’t think they can keep all three unless there willing to pay a hefty tax bill.

  16. southpaw77 - Dec 25, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Wade is wearing down, does he wanna be there with Bosh, a busted up Wade and other aging stars?
    Or go to the Lakers or fix the damage and team up with Kyrie, Waiters, Zeller and other picks and win one for Ohio finally?

    The Cavs keep saving their cap space for some reason, so one wonders.

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