Since the day LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, there has been speculation about a return to Cleveland.
It always seemed far-fetched and although it still appears to be a long-shot, the Cavaliers have talent on the roster, including point guard Kyrie Irving and own the number one pick, which could be used on a talented prospect or as a trade chip for a veteran like Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
However, Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders doesn’t believe James will return to the Cavaliers.
If you have driven by Quicken Loans Arena lately and noticed all of the people out wandering around the parking lot and staring at the ground, those are the folks who burned their LeBron James jerseys after the “Decision” fiasco. Now they’re looking for the ashes, hoping to somehow put them back together into jersey form if LeBron makes a triumphant return to his hometown team. There is certainly a case to be made for LeBron’s return, as well. Kyrie Irving is one of the best young floor generals in the game, the Cavs have a new general manager who has experience in building deep playoff teams in David Griffin and they have a new head coach who is celebrated in the Euroleague ranks in David Blatt (for more on Blatt, read here). Add a franchise-changing No. 1 draft pick to the mix and the Cavaliers could very well be back in contention in the LeBron sweepstakes. Of course, Irving’s injury history is an issue and the player Cleveland drafts might not be ready to change the team immediately. There will almost certainly be a learning curve for Coach Blatt, as well. LeBron returning to Cleveland would be a feel-good story, but it seems like more of a fairy tale than a likelihood at this point.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season.