It was July 8, 2010 when LeBron James announced to the world that he was taking his talents to south beach. Now four years and a day later, here we are waiting again for the king to decide again. Last time he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat but, now, four years later, the tables have turned as rumors run rampant that LeBron will leave the Heat and go back to the Cavaliers.
LeBron has been to four straight NBA Finals since he left Cleveland, winning two of them. Cleveland has finished no better than 10th in the Eastern Conference, winning 33 or fewer games in every season since LeBron bolted. So what would posses LeBron into wanting to leave the Heat for the Cavaliers?
If you watched this season’s NBA Finals then you saw that the Heat are not only getting older but they have no help coming off the bench. The bench players for the San Antonio Spurs were putting up better numbers than most of the Heat starters. LeBron had a solid series but he received no help as the Heat were humbled in a 4-1 series defeat. Dwyane Wade continues to decline due to several injuries and Chris Bosh has moments where he seems to disappear from the offense.
The Cavaliers, however, feature a strong young nucleus comprised of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters as well as the Number 1 pick of this year’s draft, Andrew Wiggins. The Cavaliers also have last year’s Number 1 pick Anthony Bennett and Anderson Varejao. The Cavaliers are set up to be competitive for several years if they could land another superstar while the Heat may only have a few years left in their championship window.
However, one of the most important factors may simply be that LeBron still feels bad about leaving his hometown team and knows that the quickest path to redemption would be delivering the city its first NBA title. Who knows really but we do know is it seems the two most likely destinations for the King is either Miami or Cleveland. For what it’s worth I think LeBron stays in Miami, but I would only give it a 60 percent probability.