To be quite frank, this summer has the potential to be one of the greatest in Cleveland sports history. I’m not talking about the Indians. Sorry, Tribe die-hards. It’s the fact that the potential for a Lebron James return to Cleveland is at an all-time high.

Truthfully, it’s tough for me to even comprehend how drastic a change the return of King James would be. Instantly, the Cavaliers would become a front-runner for an NBA Championship. In a matter of seconds, a 33 win team has the potential to double that. Pair the King with the young nucleus we already have, and you’ve got one hell of a basketball team for many years to come. Oh wait, I nearly forgot the fact that we have the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. That could bring the likes of either Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid to Cleveland too. A solid decade of great basketball may lie ahead.

In my opinion, the only options for Lebron are Cleveland and Miami. Every other scenario just makes it seem like he’s going somewhere where winning would be easy because of the talent on the roster. That’s not something a legacy-conscience person would want.

James never did what he set out to do those seven years in Cleveland…

“I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal, and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland,” James said. “And I won’t stop until I get it.”

So he failed, and left us for Miami. I was just as devastated as the rest of the city. I ripped down my fat-head, tore my posters into two and proclaimed “Lebron” a swear word. But looking back, that decision was the right one for Lebron at the time. He won two championships, and finally had the talent around him to win it. The front office for the Cavaliers was never able to do that for him…at the time.

Present day, it’s clear to me that the opportunity for him to win in Miami is dwindling. The team is aging, and has no cap room to improve moving forward. Lebron has to be tired of carrying the load just like he did in Cleveland all of those years. But as I mentioned earlier, his hometown has changed for the better.

This summer has the potential to be the greatest in a long time. If Lebron James makes the decision to return home, the Cavaliers franchise, this city, and all of these fans will be in for many years of great basketball. Possibly that first ever Cavaliers title, and first Cleveland sports championship since 1964…unless Johnny Football snags it first.

Pray to whatever God you so choose.

Go Cavs.

-Zach Shafron

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