NBA Rumors: Are the Cleveland Cavaliers laying the groundwork to pursue LeBron James next summer?
Coming off a season in which the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged as one of the biggest surprises in the Eastern Conference, they’ve been relatively quiet during the offseason. Their biggest moves took place in the NBA Draft and their biggest hope of improvement heading into this next season will revolve around internal development.
And while that’s not a bad plan, especially with as high as the ceilings may be for Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, perhaps there’s something more at play here.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has an idea. It may be a crazy one, but with the offseason, he’s had he’s been pretty on point with nearly everything. His latest theory revolves around the idea that the Cavs could be laying the groundwork to pursue LeBron James next summer.
LeBron has not signed an extension with the Los Angeles Lakers just yet and will be entering the 2022-23 NBA season with a lame-duck contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
While it would still be surprising if LeBron left Los Angeles, it would be quite the story if this is the way his career ended. Imagine: LeBron signing with the Cavaliers and finishing his career by playing alongside his son.
It would be a storybook ending and even more so if it ended with the Cavs willing one more title being led by LeBron. And with the young talent that Cleveland has already on its roster, it wouldn’t be that far-fetched of an idea. Even more so considering LeBron is still a really good player.
Again, at least for now, this is all theory and trying to map out why exactly LeBron has refused to sign an extension with the Lakers. It could all be nothing in the end and perhaps LeBron does retire as a Laker.
Though, you’d have to admit, LeBron finishing his career with the Cavs would be a great story.