David Griffin has recently been appointed general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he has a decision to make. The upcoming free agency of 2014 is getting closer as we get into the final stages of the playoffs where of course, LeBron James is on the verge of another NBA championship. The two time champion and four time MVP has been avoiding any questions relating to his future, as he and his teammates prepare for the upcoming series against rivals Indiana Pacers.
Despite the Heat’s success, the likelihood of a possible and surprise move back to Cleveland has become a distinct possibility. The 2014 free agency class is one of the most talented for years including the class of 2003 (LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony) and is much anticipated. For the last two years, many have been narrowing down the possible destinations where King James may land, one of them being his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. This off-season has started dreadfully; from getting another lottery pick, to the head coach being fired. Mike Brown coached LeBron for five of his seven seasons in Cleveland where James basically guided them by himself to the NBA finals only to be swept by the much more experienced San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James knows that the most pressure on him to succeed comes from himself and that he is determined to go down as the greatest player to have ever played the game of basketball.
In the summer of 2010, James decided to leave his beloved Cavaliers and join forces with fellow superstars Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami. Since then, they have moulded themselves into the unbreakable and dominant powerhouse they are today. Despite experiencing heartbreak in the 2011 NBA finals, James was able to overcome that and win back to back titles. The achievements of LeBron are evident, it’s what LeBron believes is best for his career that intrigues fans around the world.
Ever since his sophomore year in high school, there has an unprecedented hype around him that a professional athlete of his age had never experienced. The hopes of an entire franchise was held on the shoulders of this 18 year old superstar when the 2003 NBA draft took place. LeBron James was simply majestic and unplayable during his reign at the top of the NBA spectrum, but now Kevin Durant has entered into the limelight it’s going to be difficult to take that away from him. Especially since journalists wrote off the MVP race so early on in the year, LeBron’s play has become more aggressive, he has taken control of games and rescued the Heat during clutch situations including his game winner against the Warriors back in February. His field goal percentage and points per game average have increased and you sense the message that LeBron wants to give this franchise everything he’s got before opting out of his contract and returning home. His playing intensity in the playoffs is evidently more aggressive and powerful as he proves himself to one of the greats.
The city of Cleveland is infamous for having failing sports teams, but since Johnny Manziel was drafted by the Browns there seems to be a new hope. The fact that close friend ‘Johnny Football’ will be playing his football in Ohio may be a small factor in LeBron’s decision. It’s been well documented that he has kept connections with people back in Cleveland and Akron and that part of his heart remains in his hometown.
Of course, a return will mean Cleveland would have to free up cap room by possibly releasing Luol Deng. The fact that Kyrie Irving is committed to Cleveland is a big positive. As one of the best point guards in the league and an upcoming superstar, Irving could be the point guard that LeBron has been lacking. Also, the Cavaliers have to appoint a head coach which will be important if James is to play for Cleveland next season. In spite of the fact that everything must fall into place for LeBron to be wearing the number 23 again, the thought of him bringing a championship to Cleveland has surely got to put him in the conversation for the crown of the greatest of all time.