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LeBron James: 'Can not go through another year like this year', is he Cleveland bound?

LeBron James of the Miami Heat
LeBron James of the Miami Heat.

According to Stephen A Smith of ESPN First Take, LeBron James has said that he "Cannot go through another year of what he went through this year" leaving a spectacular return to the Cleveland Cavaliers a serious possibility.

The Cleveland Cavaliers defied incredible odds to obtain the overall number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, they had a 1.7% chance of landing the top pick and now will have had the first selection in three of the last four years.

Since their miraculous rise up the draft, the first subject that was instantly brought up surrounding the future of the Cavaliers is the return of the King, the hometown boy LeBron James could make a spectacular return to the franchise that drafted him.

Free agency looms on the horizon for LeBron, he will have to make yet another 'Decision' on how the rest of his NBA career will progress and the sports world would be set to implode if James was to travel home to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers drafted James number one overall back in the year 2003 and he reignited a city and franchise to heights it had all but forgotten about.

Despite being a ready made superstar, James couldn't capture the ultimate goal for the organisation by bringing an NBA title to Cleveland, whether it be the parts around him not being sufficient or greater obstacles in his way, the King couldn't reach the mountain top.

James' contract expired with the Cavaliers and D-Day loomed large in Cleveland as the then 25-year old from Akron Ohio, decided to take his talents to South Beach in Miami and team up with fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

You know how the story unfolds there after, through initial struggles the Heat have since won two NBA titles with James at the helm and he has been lauded with an array of accolades including the Finals MVP twice.

This season however has been different, an ageing unit of players around him and the injury bug striking more often than expected, James has had to carry an unearthly load and drag his team through the regular season and into the playoffs.

LeBron is required to do more for the Heat than any superstar has been expected to do for their franchise in the history of the game, he often leads his squad in scoring, assists and rebounds to accompany his stout defensive work and bellowing leadership.

His partner in crime Wade has missed a total of 28 regular season games through various injures and aliments. 

James is beginning to look tired as the wars of the post season begin to take its toll and according to Stephen A Smith, LeBron cannot take another year of what he has had to endure.

So the proposed move to Cleveland looks to be in full motion, the Cavaliers have made waves in their attempt to platform the return of the hometown kid.

The Cavs have cleared cap space with James in mind, their roster is blistering full of youth and inexperience, they are also currently without a head coach and are looking for a captain to steer the ship.

Kyrie Irving is a star in the NBA, a point guard with terrific handles and the ability to score the basketball, he won the All-Star MVP this year and would be a great compliment to the talents of James.

Irving would have the ability to share the load with LeBron who is in the current mindset that he needs to have a less of an onus to produce everything for his team.

The number one selection for the Cavaliers in this years draft has enabled them to further build on the foundations of a team centred around James, if they were to select Joel Embiid, the seven foot center from Kansas, then they would have a legitimate big man presence to .

James has often expressed an uncomfortable desire to make a return to Cleveland, the manner of his exit is something that may still haunt him to this day and the pure euphoria that delivering a title to his hometown would give him is enough of a pull to split to the focus of James.

We may not find out the ending to this fairy tale for a year or so, but the sports world patiently waits for a second 'Decision' and one that may ultimately lead to an NBA title glistening in Cleveland.

Topics:
Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James
NBA
Miami Heat

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