After four straight trips to the Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James may not have given up on the idea of staying home.
At least, that was the gist of some comments from ESPN personality and podcaster Ryen Russillo following Thursday’s NBA draft.
“All the arrows point to him bolting,” Russillo said on ESPN. “But I know for a fact LeBron is trying to figure out if other stars around the league want to come play with him in Cleveland first.”
James must make the Cavs aware of whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract, as he is expected to do, on June 29.
General manager Koby Altman said Thursday the Cavs continue to have “good dialogue with James’ management team,” but that they are giving James “space” to determine his next move.
One thing that may benefit the Cavs is the possibility that James may not be able to find a better fit in free agency — especially if star players such as San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George remain with their current clubs.
And while the Cavs have not been given any sort of indication of James’ plans, Russillo strongly indicated he is open to remaining with the Cavs.
“I know for a fact that LeBron is still trying to find a way to make it happen in Cleveland,” he said. “I just don’t know if anybody wants to go there with him.”
Overall, James has reached the Finals eight straight times, the first four runs coming with the Miami Heat. He is 3-6 lifetime in the Finals.