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Could LeBron James return to Cleveland?

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05:06 PM ET 12.24 | Miami Heat star forward LeBron James could once again become a free agent if he decides to opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. The reality is that James will opt out of his contract in order to get another five-year max deal from the Heat, but reality hasn't stopped people from dreaming up scenarios for the King's future. One of those scenarios is something nobody would have ever imagined - a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jason Lloyd of the Beacon-Journal talked about the Cavaliers' long-term rebuilding plans and he sees a scenario that could bring James back to his home state. Lloyd wrote: "And yes, believe it or not, he will give Cleveland a close look. He has a relationship with (Kyrie) Irving and (Tristan) Thompson. His new agent, Rich Paul, is a local guy who has long been a close friend. Paul also represents Thompson. A number of pieces are aligning, but the biggest draw is missing."

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December 25, 2012  12:10 AM ET

Merry Christmas Cleveland... The king is returning to his throne!

December 25, 2012  12:16 AM ET

Cleveland will then change it's name to Jamestown...

December 25, 2012  12:20 AM ET

As long as the throne is in the bathroom.

I love him in Miami but i know things can change. Perhaps where ever he winds up they will have a more complete team. He makes it look so easy but a team that is nine deep would be a luxury for a change.

December 25, 2012  12:51 AM ET

Really? After the owner came out and called him a POS? I'd say he'd rather play in Toronto, Sacramento, and even the Bobcats before limping back there.

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December 25, 2012  06:09 AM ET

Seems to me that what we have here is a reporter trying his darndest to stir up a bit of sports interest in a city mired in multiple losing seasons courtesy of its local teams. Give up all hope Cleveland fans... it jest ain't gonna happen.

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December 25, 2012  07:31 AM ET

Merry Christmas to all!
Now then Cousins is now at odds with his coach and kings management yes?
Cleveland more than any team needs to bite on this....
I was thinking about him in Toronto but probably won't happen.
So if Cleveland can somehow get Cousins, then take into account Irving, Waiters,Thompson,Gee if Lebron wants to return their they should make the finals....
Cousins & Marcus Thornton for Verejao...

December 25, 2012  07:37 AM ET

if cleveland took him back they look like they chick who gets beatin but keeps coming back to there man if he calls.

December 25, 2012  09:47 AM ET

This jounalist is trying to create air. Lebron James is not going back to Cleveland, he will be staying at Miami.

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December 25, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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Cleveland is desperate city, so if LeKing decides that he wants to return to the Cavs I'm sure the fans will roll out the red carpet.

I get the feeling they'd do more than roll out the red carpet...I see a lot of ppl on their knees..haha..see what I did there? LOL

December 25, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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if cleveland took him back they look like they chick who gets beatin but keeps coming back to there man if he calls.

Yeah, but they will say he didn't mean it, it was their fault and they never stopped loving him. The best part of breaking up is when ....

December 25, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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Yeah, but they will say he didn't mean it, it was their fault and they never stopped loving him. The best part of breaking up is when ....

But I don't think it's happening

December 25, 2012  12:15 PM ET
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Yeah, but they will say he didn't mean it, it was their fault and they never stopped loving him. The best part of breaking up is when ....

Nothing better than makeup sex...

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December 25, 2012  10:23 PM ET
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Do they have to torture the poor cab fans? Haven't they endured enough?

At least get the name right, jgb. It's Cav fans not cab fans. Haven't they endure enough disrespect? :)

 
December 26, 2012  06:50 AM ET
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This jounalist is trying to create air. Lebron James is not going back to Cleveland, he will be staying at Miami.

Agreed. it's all talk. he is not going anywhere

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