The idea of LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers was a feel good story, but one that never had much reality behind it. Yes, it would have been nice to see James return to being a native ‘hero’ after spurning his hometown franchise in 2010 but James’ camp has been on radio silence ever since he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat.
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Understandably not able to wait forever, the Cleveland Cavaliers have put an end to their pursuit of LeBron James, this according to ESPN.
Of course, such a move was ended when the Cavaliers reportedly offered Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz a maximum level contract, but it seems all but official now that James, unrealistic as it was, will not be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.
Few ever believed such would happen despite suggestions from members of the Cavaliers front office that they felt ‘confident’ in such as LeBron James has always seemed unlikely to leave the Miami Heat. Even if he opted to do so, there are a very select handful of teams you’d assume he would consider and while the Cavaliers may be one, they aren’t in position to compete for a championship this season. That’s obviously a must for James who is said to be seeking only a one or two year contract from the Heat.
If that proves to be the case, maybe the Cavaliers will have a better change at signing LeBron James in a year or two after their roster matures. For now though, LeBron James back to Cleveland is dead.