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Mike Brown: Cavaliers will ‘definitely’ try to sign LeBron James

May 30, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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The Cavaliers reportedly believe – or did at least as of March – they can lure back LeBron James.

Now, if you have even a chance of landing a player of LeBron’s caliber, you pursue it. How seriously you pursue it is based on the player’s ability and your chances of acquiring him.

In this case, there’s no doubt on the former – LeBron is great – but the latter is difficult to pinpoint.

Mike Brown, the recently fired Cleveland coach, had an inside look at the Cavaliers’ thinking, and he leaves little doubt about his perception of their plan.

Brown on The Dan LeBatard Show, as trancribed by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com:

“I think they will definitely try to make a run at him,” Brown said. “With him being from this area it makes more sense for Cleveland to go after him than any other team besides the Miami Heat.”

When Brown was asked whether he thinks James would consider a return to the city where his NBA career got started, Brown responded by saying, “I don’t know.”

That second question is much more important.

There’s little chance LeBron leaves Miami for Cleveland, period. Those odds shrink exponentially if the Cavaliers don’t show a huge desire to bring back LeBron. Remember, his last tenure in Cleveland ended with Dan Gilbert writing an open letter practically proclaiming the team was better off without LeBron.

I would be shocked if LeBron returns to Cleveland. I am not shocked the Cavaliers plan to pursue him anyway.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - May 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Delusion is a river in Cleveland.

    • hwatt - May 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      what has really changed that cause lebron to leave in the first place. it’s not about the 1 or 2 elite players they were dumb lucky enough to sign, it’s about the organizational silliness that’s still there.

    • jimeejohnson - May 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      At least it hasn’t caught on fire, yet.

    • mikejlang1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Lebron signed with Cleveland. What river is that again?

  2. lilyen311 - May 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Please. Please. Leave Cleveland alone. No commentary about him. We do not want home back. Stay in Miami.

    • buffalowned - May 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Really? You don’t want him (or home?) back? Why would anyone want to win championships when you can draft in the top 5 every year?

      • thesixersbench - May 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        I mean….this is a Cleveland fan. You can’t expect some who has been so routinely abused to really make any sense.

      • jpstyles314 - May 30, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        The funny thing about his post is Lebron will probably never sign a Cavs contract, unless he was old (75yrs).

    • jeffkx - May 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Dumbest thing I have heard all week. Congrats.

    • ranfan12 - May 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Potentially more chips for the heat then. Your loss LOL

    • bigmeechy74 - May 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      you don’t want one of the best players of all time? wow you are stupid

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      The Cleveland public school system has failed another person.

    • jpstyles314 - May 30, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Who needs Lebron when you have a 75% chance of winning the draft lottery.

  3. campcouch - May 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Yes,Mike Brown is the best source for any of your sports news.

  4. jeffkx - May 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    People can mock the idea all they want, but there is a chance he will come back to Cleveland either this summer or (more likely) next summer. He’s staring at an old team in Miami and he can see what is coming together in Cleveland. I think we will package Dion and Tristan with some first round picks and get a big time C. Add that to All-Star game MVP Kyrie, whomever we take at #1 (Wiggins?), Andy and a bench of some pretty decent pieces (Zeller, Jarrett Jack, Sergey, Delly). If LeBron did come back you can always add veteran bench players like in Miami. Maybe re-sign Luol Deng and I really think Anthony Bennett will improve quite a bit this off-season, although I could be terribly wrong about that. It’s not the fairy-tale some think it is.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Might as well draft Embiid so you don’t have to trade anything away for a big time center.

      • jeffkx - May 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Rumor is that his back may scare the Cavs off (at the moment), but if not then that is a really good point.

    • thesixersbench - May 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      The one thing (and the biggest thing) that you did not mention: the Cavs completely incompetent ownership group [ and a majority owner who already attempted to publicly humiliate LeBron once) that has never built anything of consequence and would’ve wasted the prime of the NBA’s best player (had he stayed).

      There’s a better chance of Christ coming down and playing for the Cavaliers next year than LeBron.

      • jimeejohnson - May 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        If Christ is anything like LeBron, the haters are going to Hell.

      • jeffkx - May 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        You may feel quite foolish this summer.

      • thesixersbench - May 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        It’s easy to speak in platitudes about what you hope will happen.

        It’s much harder to make an objective argument as to why the hell LeBron would want to tie the rest of his career to an ownership group that has not only personally insulted him, but also accomplished nothing but continued incompetence.

        Why in the world would LeBron want to be responsible for making that man hundreds of millions of dollars?

        It’s fool’s gold. He will never play for Gilbert again.

      • jpstyles314 - May 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Some of the things Lebron does makes Jesus Christ say “Jesus Christ”

  5. csbanter - May 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Cleveland would be the epicenter of the NFL and NBA if Lebron comes home. Johnny Football and Lebron what small market city wouldn’t crave for this to come true.

    • rohlo - May 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      two years from now manziel will be getting booed out of town!! the cleveland qb jinx!!!! #factoryofsadness city of cleveland sports!!

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Cleveland barely the epicenter of Ohio.

  6. jzone954 - May 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Home? Thought he was from Akron?

  7. 6thsense10 - May 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Lebron going back to Cleveland is a joke. The only time he will be back as a player is maybe when he is about to retire and wants to sign a 10 day contract to retire as a “Cav”. Though I don’t know why he would. At this point his greatest achievements have been as a Heat. Just like Shaq will forever be known as a Laker (not an Orlando Magic) Lebron will always be thought of as a Heat. Especially if they 3 peat…..please don’t sue me Pat Reilly.

    • mikejlang1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Are you absolutely positive in your opinion?

  8. kb2408 - May 30, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I doubt if he leaves Miami but if he does watch how many Heat “fans” jump ship and follow him. Buncha bandwagon jumpers.

    • rohlo - May 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      didnt see alot of lakers fans this year running their mouths.i live in so cal and hardly saw any lakers jerseys on anyone at all..talk about bandwagon!!! lakers and dodgers fans are some of the biggest fairweather fas of all.. everyone is on the dodgers bandwagon now and before that they were kinda mediocre as the dodgers were average then before that they were all on the bandwagon when manny got there then before that they were nowhere to found again..same thing with the lakers,after shaq left they were a fringe playoff team and none of the lakers fans were runnign their mouths then they get gasol and and they pipe up again when they are contenders again! lakers fans are no better than heat fans!!!lakers fans always flatter themselves and think people are hating on them,well stop hating in the heat hypocite!! lakers second most valuable team in los angeles!!! LMAO

      • sportsfan18 - May 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        That’s because L.A. is La La land…

        All fake, all the time…

  9. rrhoe - May 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Cleveland,the state of Ohio– Move on,let it go,plz….The Cavs have had ample opportunities to put a decent team together and has done nothing,and to hold onto the thought that “IF” LeBron comes back all will be well is ridiculous. Do they not think LeBron is watching what is going on in Cleveland,the players that are there don’t even want to be there and to be honest when he was there players weren’t exactly kicking the door in to come there,get over it,he’s gone……

    • mikejlang1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Your right Lebron was watching and formulating a plan for his teamates.

  10. soopreme - May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I doubt Lebron goes back to Cleveland but I do think that Riley has to get some young talent and some size in the paint if Lebron is going to stay long term.

  11. ravenswhat - May 30, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    That breakup was waay too bitter to go back again. I’m pretty sure Lebron is keen enough to realize that ship sailed as soon as “the announcement” went down.

  12. campcouch - May 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Remember when Miami and D Wade were suck. Then they traded for Shaq and didn’t. Then Shaq left and they were suck again. Then James and Bosh showed up and they didn’t. Point is Miami sucked until James and Bosh signed. When James finally leaves,Miami will suck again. So obviously any franchise that James is on benefits greatly and when he’s gone they’ll suffer just as well.

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