The Cleveland Cavaliers may be preparing to go after LeBron James in 2023.
The legacy of LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers will always be a primarily positive one. Despite all the issues he’s been a part of, from his refusal to denounce Nike’s treatment of its employees overseas to staying mum on racist attacks, and his attempt to sneak into women’s DM’s, James mostly has a solid reputation. Considering some of the unsavory types in the world of sports, all in all, James isn’t the worst person. Not by a country mile, and this is coming from someone who is now a fan of James.
Those are all inconsequential when we talk about his play. The one thing that cannot be ignored when it comes to James as a player, however, is the fact he’s a head hunter of sorts. Not the NHL hockey-goon head hunting, but in the sense, that he has no real loyalty and will pounce at any opportunity he can have an easier path to win.
It’s soft as hell, sure, but it works. He does have four championships after all. That said, he won’t get a fifth, not in Los Angeles. Why? Well, he basically nuked the team and traded away all of their best players for a bunch of broken-down pieces. Now the Lakers are looking at a full rebuild that could take a decade once James leaves or retires.
And he will leave now, that’s almost a guarantee. As long as his primary goal in life is to win a title, he will leave. If his mindset has changed and cares more about his production company and businesses in Los Angeles, then he’ll stay, but it won’t be due to his basketball situation.
There is a belief that James is looking to leave after this year and Brian Windhorst of ESPN (via Cavs Nation) believes the Cavs will be in a place to go after him, should James hit the free agent market.
And they should absolutely not do that.