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Cleveland Had To Suspend Taking Down LeBron's Banner

LeBron James banner in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10: A general view of the Nike 'Welcome Home LeBron Banner' on the exterior of the Sherwin-Williams Co. Global Headquarters near Quicken Loans Arena prior to Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James is going to remain a big part of Cleveland's downtown area for at least a little while longer, it appears.

The massive Nike banner is being taken down in Cleveland after LeBron opted to leave the Cavs for the Lakers in free agency. Work on the banner began today.

Unfortunately, bad weather has caused work to be suspended. The banner is about halfway torn down and will likely remain that way for the rest of the day.

ESPN NBA insider Dave McMenamin reports that it should be fully down by Wednesday morning.

"They’ve suspended work on taking the LeBron banner down because of heavy rain and a thunder and lightning storm. It is expected to be finished by tomorrow, per a source," he tweeted.

Here's what the banner looks like now:

That banner has been a big part of Cleveland's downtown atmosphere for a couple of years now. It's certainly going to take a little while to adjust to it not being there.

LeBron, meanwhile, has left the country in the wake of his free agency decision. He and his wife have gone to Europe for a vacation. LeBron is expected to return to the United States - Ohio, specifically - at the end of the month for a charity ceremony.

No public comment from LeBron on the Lakers or anything surrounding his free agency is expected to be made until that day. Los Angeles has since made several free agency moves, including the signings of Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.