3 potential LeBron James landing spots were he to bolt in free agency

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1) Cleveland Cavaliers

You know what they say: home is where the heart is. James can leave Northeast Ohio all he wants, but that place will always be in his heart. He is the greatest player in Cavs history and gave the franchise its only championship. He built his legacy with the Cavs. Even though he completed his mission, James has stated that he would be open to finishing his career where it started.

The Cavs have done a tremendous job rebuilding since James left the team for the second time in 2018. Last season, the Wine and Gold won 51 games and went to the playoffs for the first time in five years. The core of the team is one of the youngest in the league as well, as Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen are all under the age of 30. This season, the Cavs are currently second in the East. A return to Cleveland would be enticing to James.

While the Cavs have stated that they would like to keep their team intact for continuity and the team longing for success without the King, the franchise would likely be open to a return if James is. If he wants to finish his career with Cleveland, both sides would work to make it happen, given the fact that the relationship between Dan Gilbert and James has been repaired since 2010. Keep an eye out for them on James’ trade wish list if it were to get to that point.

There is still about a month and a half left of NBA basketball. That is not even counting the postseason. A lot can change during that time for better or for worse. We will see where James’ mind is at the end of the season, but until then, all we can do is speculate.