You have to credit the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re like an ex-girlfriend that says they don’t need you, and then comes crawling back into your life years later and just won’t go away.
The Cavaliers see how great LeBron James is, realizes that they did him wrong when he (understandably) decided to move on with his life, and just want to be in the running for a reunion — no matter how foolish they look.
And according to Jason Lloyd, of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavs plan to lure LeBron back is by getting other stars first. Specifically, Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge. Ala when your ex-girlfriend gets shiny accessories and says: “hey, look what I have.”
Yes, the Cavs underachieved this season. Yes, Grant tried feverishly for the past two years, but could never find that second star to pair with Kyrie Irving and ultimately serve as the bait to lure James back to the Cavs.
But the Cavs privately believe it’s not too late. They still have the assets to pull off a mammoth trade this summer at the draft, the type Grant tried so hard to make. Kevin Love will be entering the final year of his contract, as will LaMarcus Aldridge. Grant tried for two years to unsuccessfully pry both stars out of their current cities, but each had too many years left on their contracts for their current teams to consider it. That’s no longer true.
If either the Minnesota Timberwolves or Portland Trail Blazers come to the conclusion they can’t re-sign their stars, this summer is the time to move them and the Cavs will be at the front of the line, stocked with young players and future draft picks.
Even though it sounds very unlikely, if the Cavaliers find a way to couple Kyrie Irving along with either Love or Aldridge, I mean that may be hard for anyone to pass up. But something tells me that the wound that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs fans left LeBron is still too fresh.
I mean, the images of fans burning LeBron’s jersey and that letter by Gilbert may in fact be the reason that he won’t want to come back. Right now.
Even if he decides to re-sign in Miami, or to bolt to Los Angeles to sign with Doc Rivers and Chris Paul, I still whole-headily believe that at some point LeBron is going to return back to Cleveland. I just don’t think it’ll be next season.
But hey, maybe the Cavaliers will have better luck then that overbearing ex-girlfriend?