As the LeBron James free agency rumors start to get white hot, fans in Cleveland are starting to get more and more confident about the prospects of bringing back LeBron James to the place he once called home. But as much sense as returning to Cleveland means to LeBron’s legacy, it’s far from a done deal.
Lest we forget that in 2010, when LeBron James left the Cavs, owner Dan Gilbert verbally vomited all over himself in a letter telling LeBron James how awful he is as a human being. That letter is starting to come back up as the Cavs pursuit of LeBron intensifies.
According to ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, the Cavaliers believe they have a legitimate chance to land LeBron James this offseason but rival executives aren’t so sure that LeBron has forgotten about the bridges that Dan Gilbert nuked back in 2010.
The Cavs still have several hurdles to overcome. Rival teams are skeptical that James and Gilbert will be able to patch up their differences in the wake of James’ televised “announcement” and Gilbert’s subsequent open letter that attacked James’ character and got him fined by then-commissioner David Stern. There has been a cooling of the tension between the parties in recent years, but James still harbors some ill feelings that both would have to attempt to settle before any partnership could be renewed, sources said.
Four years provides a lot of time to heal and that’s what LeBron James has been doing in South Beach. It’s still early to say that LeBron has lived and forgotten about the letter, but it may be time to let bygones be bygones as the Cavs chances of landing LeBron have increased significantly.