Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dunks the ball during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: LeBron James not interested in signing with Cavaliers?

Many fans in Cleveland had hoped LeBron James would eventually return to the Cavaliers. It would be a ‘storybook’ ending – returning to his former stomping grounds after leaving as a villain, returning the franchise to glory after he signed as a free agent.

But that seems to be nothing more than a fairytale – at least right now.

On Saturday we learned LeBron James was likely to remain with the Miami Heat this offseason rather than opting out to become a free agent (he may opt-out to secure a larger deal with the Heat) and now Bob Finnan says those around the league believe James won’t return to Cleveland at all when he does opt-out.

It was a wonderful dream while it lasted.
Many in the league now think Heat forward LeBron James will take a pass on returning to the Cavaliers in free agency this summer.

Of course, everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt in regards to James and free agency as nobody knows the true answers outside of James himself. Still, where there’s smoke there is often fire and the recent influx of reports suggesting James won’t be returning to Cleveland has to sting a bit for Cavalier faithful.

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  • Gary

    Lebron never said he would return to Cleveland. Why would he? He likes winning. The Cavs haven’t figured out how to do that consistently. There just aren’t the players he would like to have around him to win a Championship in Cleveland. He won’t do it with just Irving.

  • Marty Susman

    I know a team can’t comment about wanting a certain player or contact him unless he is a free agent. I don’t know if the reverse is true. If he would not be braking the rules LaBron should pick up the phone & first call the largest newspaper in the city, then call the city sports radio & then on sports TV & tell all of them that there is LESS THEN ZERO chance he will come back to Cleveland….

  • Letterman007

    There was never a doubt in my mind he would come back! Why would he with the complete mess that is going on in Cleveland?? The Cavs were miss run when he was there and nothing has changed!! It seems the harder they try, the deeper in the quick sand they get!!

  • James Leigh

    If LeBron really looked at his options here, Cleveland is a great place for him to be. It’s clear he can’t shoulder an entire team every night during the regular season then be expected to elevate his game even further in the playoffs considering how much he already has to do with the Heat. Wade’s knees are all but done. He needs a scorer with him and he needs knockdown shooters around him to make a championship team. Kyrie is a scorer, inside and out, who can even create his own space without the help of LeBron drawing the D. Mike Brown could use the same tactic the Heat use right now with James and Irving where there’s always at least 1 of them on the floor at any time. Kyrie is too young and inexperienced to shoulder the load of the Cavs on his own but with LeBron’s help and the above method he’s a superstar waiting to shine capable of playing at and above the level Wade is when healthy. LeBron could make them a championship team, and what would be a better ending to LeBron’s career than for the King to return to his kingdom and win them a ring or two, something the city has never had.

  • Jake

    Cavs need to win without Lebron and shove it in his face