‘I’m coming home,’ King James is headed to Cleveland and what his decision means for the Thunder
CLEVELAND – After he announced that he was opting to become a free agent, talk began about where LeBron James would end up.
King James began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers before heading to the Miami Heat.
While in Florida, LeBron James won two championships but it seems he will be heading back to where it all started.
According to Sports Illustrated, LeBron James is planning on moving back to his hometown.
“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home,” James wrote in an article published in Sports Illustrated.
As many fans in Cleveland feel excited about the move, Oklahoma City Thunder fans are wondering what that means for next season.
KFOR Sports Director Bob Barry Jr. shared his thoughts of the move.
“I think the only effect LeBron James’ return to Cleveland will have on the OKC Thunder is – maybe now teams will start signing players all across the NBA. It seemed like every club was waiting for LeBron and/or Carmelo Anthony to announce their moves before the other teams did anything.
So now, the dominoes will start to fall and teams like the Thunder will complete their deals. As far as players OKC is interested in: Anthony Morrow, a 2-way shooter and defender who played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
Morrow is 6’6″ and can guard while also shooting a high percentage from behind the 3-point line. Mike Miller, of Memphis, is a possibility, but he’s said he wants to return to Memphis. Pau Gasol of the Lakers could still end up in OKC, but as the reports indicate, he would be considered a “long shot” right now.
Another intriguing guy is 37-year-old veteran Vince Carter, of the Dallas Mavericks. “Vinsanity” has expressed an interest in the Thunder since the free agent period began. He’s considered a great team player, he’s plenty athletic enough to still play both ends of the court – and he’s gone from an open-court slam dunking specialist to a better-than-average perimeter shooter in his later years.
The Thunder has always enjoyed the veteran back-ups…and after losing 39-year-old Derek Fisher to become the new head coach of the New York Knicks, Carter would be a great addition to a team still very close to competing for an NBA Championship.”