If the Cavs didn't get the lucky #1 Lottery pick and draft Andrew Wiggins, who is projected to be the NBAs next mega star would Lebron James had returned to Cleveland?
ESPN radio was hinting that the only reason Bron may have went back to his hometown was because he didnt want a NBA basketball star bigger than himself there.
Not only does this theory make sense when considering Lebrons enormous egocentric decisions he made in the past few years but the puzzle pieces of everyone & everything involved fit tight when examining the timeline and how things have gone down since.
What gives this theory traction is when you look at the face value facts we know. From the
lucky NBA Lottery ball to
draft day to
Lebrons tweet to
Lebrons public letter to
the trade rumors for Love and
Brons enthusiasm regarding the trade to
Wiggins vague and confusing post trade comments .
What cha think?
Going into the playoffs, I dont think Lebron really knew what he was going to do in free agency, but most agreed that he would either stay in Miami, go home to Cleveland or go to a big market, like LA, NY or Chicago. Since these teams didn't have a real chance at landing him i think Lebron was leaning towards staying in Miami. Especially considering that Cleveland wasn't all that enticing, with an unhappy Kyrie, with Waiters and Thompson not really impressing anyone and Bennett coming off a horrid rookie year.
...the Cavs won the lottery and
...Kyrie re-signed and
...Wade looked VERY old in the playoffs and
...the Heat got completely dismantled by the Spurs.
And suddently, going back to the Cavs didn't seem like such a bad idea, i think. Lebron is worrying about his legacy and i think he knew he wouldn't be able to win with the Heat again given Wade's decline, and i dont think he would improve his GOAT-odds by chasing rings with another Super-team, like the Rockets or Warriors. I do think NY, LA or Chicago were options, but given the specific circumstances this summer, i dont think that was realistic.
I dont think Wiggins had anything to do with it. The pick, yes, but not the guy they picked. Had they taken Jabari or Embiid, i think he'd gone back home as well, but i dont think Lebron went back to the Cavs if they didn't win the lottery.