It’s been a while since LeBron James was an outcast in Cleveland, and he doesn’t intend to go back to those days.
James, who can opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer, said Wednesday that he wants to stay with the Cavaliers.
He became a free agent after the 2009-10 season and took “his talents to South Beach” and the Miami Heat. Cavaliers fans burned his jersey in the streets and owner Dan Gilbert called James’ move a “cowardly betrayal.”
But the Akron native returned last season and led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, losing to the Warriors. Cleveland returned this season and beat the Warriors, bringing the city its first title since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964.
Information from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin was used in this report.