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LeBron James reportedly 50-50 to return to Cavaliers, open to Knicks

LeBron James CavsThere is a strong possibility that LeBron James would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, Stephen A. Smith is reporting.

While filling in as a host on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN Radio New York Tuesday, Smith shared some information about the free agency picture for next season (20:00 mark). Smith says New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is “likely” to opt out of his contract next year. He says there is a “50-50 possibility” that ‘Melo leaves to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Smith also says that there is a strong possibility that LeBron will consider signing with the Cavs next year, and that the four-time MVP is open to signing with the Knicks.

James is signed through 2015-2016, but he can opt out of the final two years of his deal and become a free agent next year.

“LeBron has put word out that the New York Knicks is something that he would entertain. But at the same time, they’re a distant, distant, distant third — as is everyone else — to staying in Miami, and heading to Cleveland,” Smith said on the show.

“Right now, just as much as there’s a 50-50 possibility that Carmelo will leave the Knicks to go to LA, there’s as much of a possibility that LeBron will leave Miami to go back home to Cleveland.”

In making the case for LeBron to leave, Smith states that James lives in Akron in the offseason and wants to make amends with Cleveland fans. Smith also believes James would have little left in Miami to stay for if the team wins a third-straight NBA championship and executive Pat Riley retires.

James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all structured their contracts the same way and have the ability to opt out of their deals following next season.

[Photos: Cleveland puts LeBron dolls in urinals for Cavs-Heat game]

One other important item to keep in mind is that James would still want to play on a team with a championship-quality roster. Smith says the Knicks would have to have a strong team for James to consider them, and he believes the Cavs would be well suited for a run at James because they have point guard Kyrie Irving.

I never really thought that James would have a reason to leave Miami while he’s in his prime, but I may have to reconsider after hearing Smith lay out the scenarios. I still expect James to remain with the Heat.

If we can base things on the what this fan did, then it’s safe to say that Cavs fans would happily take back LeBron.

H/T Tommy Beer


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  • Brenn Bell

    This isn’t any thing we didn’t already know….just got to put the limelight on LeBron…he hasn’t been getting enough attention. Cant wait until the Pacers knock him out this next year. Don’t care where he goes. he is an egotistical team jumper.

  • Danny

    Lol. Don’t kid yourself. The Pacers aren’t knocking out the Heat. Not a chance.

  • Thanksgiving Chimp

    The Pacers took the Heat to Game 7 last year WITHOUT Danny Granger. The Pacers have a damn-good shot of knocking out the Heat next year. And that doesn’t even bring up the Nets, Bulls or Knicks. Miami’s path to the championship won’t be as easy as it was the last two years. I’m saying now that they don’t get there.

  • jmusalam

    Right, Lebron and the Cavs owner are going to be buddies again ? If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you. Lebron is about legacy at this point in his career, staying with the Heat will insure that his legacy will best Michael Jordan.

    As discovered by the Heat, just putting talent to together does not guarantee a championship. It takes chemistry, the right combination of players and the right, coaches, GM and OWNER. Leaving the Heat and starting over, hoping to strike gold again and will relegate Lebron’s legacy to one of the best players to ever play and not the BEST player to ever play.

  • OC_ute

    lebron is going to play tight end for the browns

  • Richard

    Sure the Pacers have a shot but don’t mean they will beat the Heat especially if they get Gregg Oden!

  • Richard

    Who cares what you think or say! LBJ best basketball player on earth! I nor Lebron cares bitc*

  • The Baller Guru

    Stephen A. Smith is almost as bad as Chris Broussard. Both pretty much just do this: “I have to stay relevant so I’m gonna make stuff up based on my ‘sources’ and make it sound real by saying there is a ’50-50 chance’ which really just translates to ‘it might or might not happen’”.

  • Brian Diffenderfer

    of course he will suit the Cavs again, they have a young, talented team, LeBron will jump ship to whatever team has the best chance at winning the Championship

  • Brian Diffenderfer

    The Pacers will advance past them next year

  • Laura Richardson

    Go back to Cleveland; are you kidding me? They rode him out of town on a rail, no one in their right mind would return after the lashing he took for leaving.

  • Rolando Pharr

    LEBRON AND GLORIA JAMES OWE ME AND FIVE OF MY FORMER BASKETBALL TEAMMATES 6 MILLION DOLLARS PER A HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT MADE WITH GLORIA WHEN LEBRON WAS 3 MONTHS OLD. WATCH ALL 4 VIDEOS AT ROLANDO PHARR ON YOUTUBE. I’VE TAKEN & PASSED 3 POLYGRAPHS TO SUPPORT MY CLAIMS. Tell LeBRON….”PAY UP CHUMPP!!”

  • Brenn Bell

    It is now next year. My post above was 7 months ago. This is Pacers year.