The noise surrounding LeBron James’ potential return to the Cleveland Cavaliers will probably never go away, especially given the team’s impressive rise to the East’s upper echelon this season behind an exciting young core.
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons noted as much over the weekend in a social media as he pre-empted the annual chatter around a homecoming for the four-time MVP.
“We are like five days away from the first unsubstantiated ‘LeBron loves what he’s seeing from the young Cavaliers and might want to finish his career there’ story and I honestly can’t wait,” Simmons tweeted.
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Sports Casting’s Tim van Straten ironically followed it up with a feature story where he suggested Simmons’ tweet questioned the 36-year old LeBron’s future.
Then exactly five days later Simmons’ prediction was further fulfilled as former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins posed on social media whether LeBron would consider returning to Cleveland following the Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns.
“I wonder if LeBron James would consider demanding a trade back to Cleveland?! I mean the Cavs do have nice squad! Don’t mind me though and carry on…,” Perkins tweeted.
Of course, Simmons couldn’t help but add to it his stream of tweets from over the weekend by poking fun at both reports.
The Lakers are currently 16-16 amid a rocky season as the team has struggled to incorporate widespread roster additions including Russell Westbrook.
In contrast, the Cavs sit third in the East at 19-12 while boasting one of the brightest young cores headlined by Jarrett Allen (23 years old), Darius Garland (21) and Evan Mobley (20).
It comes despite, LeBron, who’s at the Lakers until 2023, revealing in the off-season he has every intention to see out his career with the franchise.
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said on the SmartLess podcast. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in LA, my family loves being in LA.”
LeBron returned to Cleveland in 2014 following his stint with the Miami Heat before signing with the Lakers in 2018.