LeBron James returned to the ‘Land last season with one mission: to bring one title — keyword “one” — to a city that has had horrible luck with sports. Upon signing with the Cavaliers, his contract featured a player option for the 2016-17 year and he will become an unrestricted free agent if he decides to opt-out. And Miami looks like a possible landing spot.
Stephen A. Smith, co-host of ESPN’s First Take, and someone who always has inside information regarding the Cavaliers’ superstar said that there’s a chance that James returns to the Heat if the Cavaliers win a title this season.
Below is a snippet of what Smith said to fellow co-host Skip Bayless. The full transcription can be found on Pro Basketball Talk courtesy of Dan Feldman.
“I’m in Miami last week. I’m in Miami a few months ago. Skip Bayless, I’m hearing about a return to Miami if this man wins. He ain’t going nowhere if he loses. But, if he wins, his options are open. LA, but especially Miami, a return to South Beach.”
LeBron can sign with anyone who has the space to sign him, but a return to Miami seems more likely than anything because of the bond between him and Dwyane Wade. Moreover, it was hinted in the recent past that LeBron would relish an opportunity to play with the “Brotherhood”: him, Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul.
If he were to leave again, could you blame him? Let’s keep in mind that the only reason he chose to go home was to win that one title. He was given a reduced role with the addition of Kevin Love and maturation of Kyrie Irving, but even with a “reduced role,” James still put up numbers in line with his career averages: 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists. His point and assist averages led the team, and he was also the team’s third-best rebounder behind Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
Regardless of what happens this summer, the Cavaliers are dominating the moment. Despite dropping their most recent contest against the Raptors, they’re poised to go to their second-straight finals and have a high chance of winning no matter who they match up against.