James did return in 2014 and led the Cavs to the 2016 NBA title, ending a 52-year sports championship drought for Cleveland, before departing for the Lakers in the wake of four consecutive NBA Finals appearances for Cleveland.
But there's absolutely no reason to believe Magic Johnson and Co. are going to mortgage their future for an opportunity to contend this coming season. The team has limited cap space, and the number of impactful free agents on the market has quickly dwindled. Kawhi Leonard is set to hit free agency and his preferred destination has been Los Angeles as far as a trade was concerned this offseason.
There's a risk in waiting for Leonard, as the Lakers just saw this summer. Letting him get traded elsewhere runs the risk of Leonard slipping through their fingers in the same way George did, but trading virtually all of their young assets is a gamble that the team seems unwilling to make at this point.
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So the Lakers' pursuit of Leonard may continue. For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
McGee, 30, was a reserve on the Golden State Warriors' NBA championship teams the past two seasons.
The Indians haven't won the World Series in 70 years, but they came close just two seasons ago. This was all because of the pressure James put on the organization with his short-term contracts and his demands to win now. He outdid himself by a wide margin: sales last night were 600 percent higher than the purchases made when James went back to the Cavaliers four years ago. The Lakers can afford to be patient in building the team, even if James wasn't on board. But I'm told the Lakers passed, clearing the way for the Warriors to infuriate the basketball public yet again.
James' Cleveland Caveliers gear, meanwhile, is being sold at a discount, though Van Sinderen added that if supply dwindles, it could push up the value among fans who want collector's items.