Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James sheds some light on free agency

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: LeBron James
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: LeBron James /

LeBron James’s recent comments on free agency should have Cleveland Cavaliers fans hopeful of The King’s return next season.

LeBron James actually shed some light on his upcoming free agency following the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday practice in New York.

James, who was talking to’s Joe Vardon, said the following:

"“My family. That’s all that matters,” James told “I want to continue to win at the highest level, because I know I can still do it as an individual, and then my family. My family is what’s most important to me, more than anything.”"

Maybe I’m just a cockeyed optimist, but doesn’t his this bode extremely well for Clevelanders hoping James decides to continue his career in a Cavaliers uniform?

For months, I’ve been guessing, just like everyone else, as to what James will do.

And I’ve convinced myself he’ll re-sign with the Cavs because there really is “No place like home.”

When you’ve got all the accolades, trophies, money and respect the game has to offer, the little things do truly matter.

What would it mean for James to see LeBron James Jr., who is a seventh grader, to attend St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and ball on the same court his father made famous?

Rumor has it the drive from Bath takes a lot less time than a direct flight from LA.

James, knowing he could’ve gone anywhere following a four-year stint with the Heat–chose to come “Home,” and that decision might still mean something.

However, the Cavs bear some responsibility, too. The organizational effort to win championships has to be there too. Dan Gilbert can’t all of a sudden reign in the spending and expect James to stay.

James may have offered a hungry public only a sliver of what his future plans may be, but it’s a good sign for Cleveland.

Sure, the “Home” card was there for LeBron in the summer of 2011, and he still left, but even James has compared that era as going away to college, since playing in the NCAA wasn’t the avenue he pursued coming out of high school.

Now he’s approaching life in his mid-30s. His kids are getting older. His wife is from the area, and so is her family.

If the Cavs continue to be contenders–who knows how the landscape is going to change this offseason–and the James’ family decides the best fit in Northeast Ohio, then Austin Carr will be The Q’s head air traffic controller for several more “Flight No. 23’s.”

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If this seems simple, and you want to write it off, so be it. After all, so much time and energy is given into analyzing LeBron’s next move. We’ll eventually get our answer, but let’s hope we get another Larry O’Brien Trophy, first.