After opting out of his deal with the Miami Heat, the King is going back home.
Reports are flying in of LeBron James decision of leaving the Heat to continue his career where it all began.
LeBron James announces on SI that he’s returning to Cleveland.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
— Lee Jenkins (@SI_LeeJenkins) July 11, 2014
The four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion will be taking his 27.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game averages back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cavaliers, earning rookie of the year honors and two NBA MVPs during his time with the club.
The Heat would quickly become the villains of the NBA, with all rooting against them during their NBA Finals matchup against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. After falling to the Mavericks during the 2011 championship, James and the Heat would repeat during the 2012 and 2013 season. He would earn regular season and Finals MVP honors during both campaigns.
This season, the Heat would once again return to the Finals, this time facing the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs didn’t just beat the Heat, but dominated them to win the series in five games.
After the defeat, James, Wade, and Bosh all elected to opt out of their deals. It was believed that the three would return with smaller deals to allow Pat Riley to retool the roster.
While the Heat were enjoying success with James, the Cavaliers would suffer. The team would never see the postseason, as they would eclipse 24 wins just once (33 wins during 2013-2014 season).
A young core, possibly Love, and a chance to be back home was too good for James to pass up.