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LeBron James rumored to consider Cavs return in 2023

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Rumors started circulating james lebron‘ future in Los Angelesespecially one who hints that he is considering a return to Clevelandas Lakers struggle to get closer to repeating their 2020 NBA championship title.

Could the 18-time NBA All-Star really don a Cavaliers jersey for the third time? It is certainly a possibility.

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In fact, Lakers fans should watch Cleveland’s offseason moves closely as the team could try to make room for a run at James next year, according to ESPN.

During Monday’s “First Things First,” Chris Broussard weighed in on the rumors that James may be considering a return to his hometown and shared whether he thinks the potential team switch is a good idea or not.

“I wouldn’t crush LeBron if he decided to go back to Cleveland,” Broussard said. “After all, it’s his hometown. … But I’m saying no for several reasons. Firstly, it won’t be the same. It really won’t be. The team will be very good because they have a lot of nice guys. young players, but I’m telling you when LeBron came back the second time, even though [Cleveland] won a championship, it was not the same.”

Rumor has it LeBron is considering a return to the Cavaliers | FIRST OF ALL

Rumor has it LeBron is considering a return to the Cavaliers |  FIRST OF ALL

Chris Broussard and Nick Wright decide if there’s a chance LeBron will play for the Cavaliers again, and how they’d feel if the star NBA player brought another championship to Cleveland.

“Being in that arena was like innocence was lost. It was like the hometown kid was coming back, yeah, and he gave us a championship, but there was a feeling in that arena that we understand now: it’s business,” Broussard said. continued. “His first stint there was all love, hometown hero – ‘He’s going to take us to the championship, he’s going to make us a dynasty.’ It was gone when he came back the second time, it was still great and they won a ring, but if he comes back a third time, it will be even less intense.

“And I mistakenly think some Cleveland fans will also say, ‘We kind of want to see these young kids develop. We don’t want everything to become LeBron all the time, all around him.’ I think some people will feel that. I disagree. … It’s about winning championships, so I would like LeBron back.

“Secondly, Anthony Davis is 29. I know this year [the Lakers] don’t have a lot of flexibility, but after next season, Anthony Davis is the only money left on the books. … They have cap room galore. It might make sense for LeBron to wait, see what they can add to the players. But they will have room after next season to add better players to him and Anthony Davis, which is why I think he should stay in LA and not return to Cleveland.”

James — Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft — spent 11 seasons with the Cavaliers (2003-10, 2014-18), leading them to the playoffs in nine of those seasons . He also guided Cleveland to five NBA Finals appearances in the same span, including four straight in his second stint that ended with a league title in 2016.

Before James joined the Cavs in 2003, they hadn’t made the playoffs since the late 1990s. They didn’t see another playoff run after James left in 2010 until his return to 2014, and they haven’t seen one since his second start in 2018.

On the other side, Broussard co-host Kevin Wildes is in favor of a James-Cavs reunion and explains why these rumors are a good indicator of what the four-time NBA champion thinks of the Lakers right now. .

“Of all of LeBron’s championships, I feel like the one (with Cleveland) matters the most,” Wildes said. “He’s the one who he says made him the greatest player ever. So I would love the fairy tale of him being back there. But the other part, kind of the darker part from the fairy tale is this. I take this as a sign that perhaps [LeBron’s] …the relationship with the Lakers is a little more fractured than we thought.”

James joined the Lakers in 2018, leading LA to a championship in 2020. Since then, however, it’s been mostly downhill. The Lakers finished 11th in the West last season (33-49) and have lost eight of their last 10 games, missing out on the playoffs entirely after being knocked out in the first round the previous year.

James averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 2021-22 but missed 26 games.


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