The shadow of LeBron James, speaking through his agent because he can’t officially talk about his moves yet, has convinced the Cleveland front office to clear enough space to offer him a max-level contract. We’ve heard that LeBron might/could/should head back to the Cavaliers since 2010, when he took his talents elsewhere.
The last time we saw James there was in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, when the Boston Celtics sent the Cavs home with a pair of decisive victories. Game 5 is now “The Quit Game” in the official LeBron lexicon, and that match left little doubt outside of the 216 that James was headed to greener pastures, although the popular opinion at the time was that he’d head to Madison Square Garden.
It bears reiterating that this is all coming from Rich Paul, the president of Klutch Sports. The moves that Cleveland would have to make in order to clear space are uncertain, outside of a Jarrett Jack trade, and the fate of No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins muddies the waters even more. That said, when Miami’s been reduced to signing Josh McRoberts and the ghost of Danny Granger, a homecoming starts to look more tenable.
Miami’s Big Three needed more help than they had last season, and it’s tempting to think that a team featuring James and Kyrie Irving might be more impressive than a similar squad to the 2014 Heat. Particularly if Chris Bosh ends up signing the $88 million dollar contract that he’s been reportedly offered by Houston.