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A Happy LeBron James
Ball in …
Based on today’s Gordon Hayward offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets, as well as other indicators leading up to his meeting with the Miami Heat, I predict LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland.
He will likely enter his meeting with the Heat with the intention of informing Pat Riley of his decision to leave during their face-to-face sit down in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 9th.
My speculation is that Dwyane Wade already knows the decision and was informed personally by LeBron a day or so earlier.
Upon learning of LeBron’s decision, Riley will be disappointed but happy for him and wish the best. Still, he will likely give LeBron some very cogent reasons to continue to trust in the organization and give a title chase one more run.
I wish LeBron the best. It’s not everyday a king abdicates his throne. After all, the Heat is the reigning Eastern Conference champion.
However, if I was in LeBron’s shoes, I’d give David Blatt and the Cavaliers one year to show me what they can do before committing to them, meaning I’d sign a two-year contract with Miami, with a one-year opt-out. And, I’d never, ever trust Dan Gilbert again, no matter what apology he offers, public and/or private.
If you’re gone, LeBron, it’s been quite the ride. Thanks for the memories!
With so much healing to take place in Cleveland, one can only surmise that leading the Cavs to a title would bring catharsis to LeBron, his family, and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers nation. However, capturing that title will, in my opinion, prove very elusive, especially with so many championship quality teams in the Western Conference.
Nevertheless, here’s hoping LeBron regains the throne, despite my doubts, should he choose Cleveland.
Thus said, if ever I hoped one of my predictions is wrong, this would be it.
Until next time …
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