There’s been a lot of talk about what LeBron James might do this summer if the Cleveland Cavaliers are not able to win a championship. He is set to be a free agent this summer after signing only a two-year contract in the summer of 2014. Many people believe that he would leave Cleveland again if the Cavs can’t get the job done, but it seems the opposite of that might be true.
On ESPN’s First Take Stephen A. Smith described what he has been hearing about the situation and why James might leave if the Cavs win the title rather than lose in the Finals:
“I’ll drop one other tidbit of information, because people have been ignoring what I’ve been saying. I’ve hinted around it for months as you well know. But I’m going to say this again.
LeBron James promised the city of Cleveland, “I’m coming back to bring you that elusive title that has escaped this city since 1964.” He never said anything about staying once he does accomplish that.
I’m in Miami last week. I’m in Miami a few months ago. Skip Bayless, I’m hearing about a return to Miami if this man wins. He ain’t going nowhere if he loses. But, if he wins, his options are open. LA, but especially Miami, a return to South Beach.
Look man, there’s a lot going on. And there’s a lot riding on him winning. Losing changes everything, because it keeps there in Cleveland. But more importantly, it keeps him stuck, because he knows he can’t leave until he fulfills his promise. And if you can’t because you’re not a champion, that’s far worse than just choosing to stay because you want to.
It’s going to get very interesting. Keep your eyes on it.”
Back in the letter he penned in Sports Illustrated, James said he wanted to bring one trophy back to Cleveland, but never said anything winning it multiple times for Northeast Ohio so that might have been a hint that he didn’t want to stay too long. He also didn’t exactly promise to retire a Cavalier so this summer might turn out to be quite the adventure if the Cavaliers can pull off winning the NBA title.
[h/t Pro Basketball Talk]