LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers - for the second time in his career - to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month. It won't surprise you to hear that many are wondering whether he'd ever return to Cleveland one last time to finish out his career.
James, who is from Ohio, was drafted by the Cavaliers No. 1 overall back in 2003 and played for the franchise until 2010, when he left to team up with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat.
He later returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami to attempt to help the Cavaliers win an NBA title. He succeeded in his second year back, and reached the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.
James told the AP's Tom Withers on Monday that he would not "close the door" on returning to Cleveland someday.
James also reportedly was unaware that he'll have his jersey retired by the Cavaliers. Dan Gilbert said so in his letter to LeBron after he left.
“LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line…”
Of course, James is already 33 years old - and will turn 34 in December. So if he does return, he wouldn't be the player he currently is. He signed with the Lakers on a four-year deal, with the last year being a player option.
That said, it's very easy to see him returning and signing with the Cavs so he can "end" his career there - regardless of whether he actually takes the floor. LeBron officially retiring as a Cavalier does not seem like a far-fetched idea at all.
For now though, James has the task of helping the Lakers youth mature. Los Angeles has a lot of work to do to catch Golden State.