Only family members ‘pleading’ LeBron James to stay will keep him in Cleveland
The subject of LeBron James and his looming free-agency decision is currently being discussed just as much as the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA Championship for a second straight year. Although the Warriors truly achieved a remarkable feat, the basketball world just cannot stop talking about LeBron and how his free agency decision will reshape the future of the entire league.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein in his recent piece, The King’s mind may have actually already been made up. It appears that James no longer sees his future in Cleveland and only his family can convince him otherwise.
“Those privy to James’s thinking say that at this stage, pleading from family members appears to be the only force that could persuade him to extend his second stint with the Cavs and resist the opportunity to switch teams, as he did in 2010 and again in 2014.”
At this point in his career, the 33-year-old already has his sights set on further developing his legacy, and this will definitely be a factor when he makes his decision this summer. Unless the Cavaliers front office is able to bring in a new and improved supporting cast for James next year, it would be very difficult for them to convince him to stay.
However, being the family man that he is, it is not impossible to think that James would opt to remain in his home city should his family ask him to do so. In his 15-year career, James has already uprooted his family twice, and a third time might prove to be too much.