Miami Heat forward LeBron James is an undoubted superstar.

Since being introduced into the NBA with the first pick of the 2003 draft, James has wowed journalists and spectators alike with an explosive and utterly irresistible talent that has seen him win two championships, two finals MVP awards and four NBA MVP awards in addition to nine All-Star invites.

Such impressive achievements have eventually led many to question if he really could be the greatest basketball player of all time.

However, despite possessing a formidable skill set that is vastly superior to all of his peers, James doesn't always seem to quite command the widespread respect and unbridled adulation that a man of such stature might usually expect to receive.

The reason for this is almost certainly rooted in the frankly ugly circumstances that surrounded his departure from former employers the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom James spent seven years before leaving for the East Coast in 2010.

James, who holds the record for the most points scored in Cavs history, devastated the team's fan-base on national television in July 2010 when he announced he would not be re-signing in Cleveland following the end of his contract, but had instead opted to sign a five-year deal to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

Despite receiving massive ratings and raising money for charity, this rather ill-advised and brazenly egotistical stunt - entitled 'The Decision' - angered many fans both inside and outside of Cleveland and even NBA commissioner David Stern was critical of the manner in which James went about making his decision.

It is my belief, and I appreciate it may not be a particularly popular one, that James should make amends for these past misdemeanours and re-join the Cavaliers when the option becomes available for him to opt out of his Heat contract next summer.

As well as finally making his peace with loyal Cavs supporters, James could also go on to be the focal point of a group that could conceivably hope to reach the Finals in a few years time if their impressive core of young talent can continue to progress and fulfil their considerable potential.

In 21-year-old All-Star Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have a player who has already cemented his position as one of the league's most outstanding point guards.

Alongside him there is Syracuse product Dion Waiters, 22-year-old forward Tristan Thompson, center Tyler Zeller and 2013 number one draft pick Anthony Bennett - all of which harbour realistic prospects of enjoying long and fruitful NBA careers.

Assuming James will not be returning to Miami, and he has thus far given no reason to suggest he that he has any intention of keeping the 'Big Three' era alive, another option that will presumably be open to him will be a potential move to perhaps the most prestigious franchise of them all - the Los Angeles Lakers.

Following Dwight Howard's well-publicised defection to the Houston Rockets and the release of Metta World Peace, the Lakers have declined to commit offers to any of this summer's other headlining free agents, and are subsequently due to have a significant amount of cap space to work with in 2014.

With Kobe Bryant reaching the end of his career and Howard's departure providing a body blow to the Lakers sizeable reputation, it is certainly conceivable that they will be looking to re-affirm their previously dominant status with a series of blockbuster acquisitions that will presumably centre upon James.

A potential link-up with personal friend Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks could also be a potential possibility for James, but crucially the Knicks are unlikely to be able to clear enough cap space of their own to make him a realistic offer until 2015.

Ultimately, the decision on his future of course rests solely with LeBron. But if the player is serious about cementing a truly venerable legacy that will stand the test of time and elevate him above all others, then he should seriously consider rejecting the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and instead opt for a return to his former home.

 

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