After the 104-87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the NBA play-off finals, Miami Heat star Lebron James must now start to consider his future with the organization.
James has an opt out option in his contract this summer along with fellow team-mates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, so should he leave?
After winning back to back championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013, has Lebron done all he can in Miami? Should he take on a new challenge? There’s no doubt Lebron still wants to win championships, but with the Miami roster possibly turning thin, they may no longer be as big of a contender as they were two years ago.
James has a history with Cleveland after being drafted by them with the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft. After leaving in 2010 to join the Miami Heat, it could be said that James has some unfinished business with the Cavs.
Lebron wants to win and the Cavs provide a strong possibility of this. Although they drafted a ‘bust’ in Anthony Bennett with the first pick in last year’s draft, they have retained that pick this year and it seems hard to mess up in this deep draft class. With the addition of Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, Lebron would be joining a team with a potential all-star in their rookie, an all-star point guard in Kyrie Irving and many strong players throughout the roster. This seems like one of his best options, if not the best option.
Lebron could however stay with the Heat. There have been rumours that the ‘big three’ could all take a pay cut to lure in New York Knicks all-star Carmelo Anthony. This would no doubt result in Miami again being a leading contender for another championship. He has also been linked with the Chicago Bulls which would require them losing some of their major assets, a risk they may not be willing to take.
Do you think Lebron should return to Cleveland? Or should he stay with the Heat?
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