LeBron James will opt out of his contract at the end of the season, and there is much speculation in terms of where he will sign. Cleveland is a place that has been rumored to interest LeBron, and a return to the team that drafted him would be one of the biggest story lines in the history of the NBA.
The Cavs have been disappointing this season, and they are set to face off against LeBron’s Heat in Cleveland on Wednesday. With LeBron returning home to play his former team, the talk is all about his potential return. Cavs forward Anderson Varejao says it could happen:
“It could happen,” Varejao said. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.”
And then unprovoked, the normally quiet Varejao said he didn’t like the way James left the Cavs via the one-hour television special.
“Going back to that, I think the way he left was wrong,” Varejao said. “But regardless … He helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen.”
He isn’t saying that he will, and I doubt he has any inside track on the situation. I don’t see LeBron coming back to Cleveland, but it’s a possibility.
Varejao could see a fine for tampering, as the NBA doesn’t allow anyone from another team to talk about a player’s free agency while he’s under contract for another team.