The Cleveland Cavaliers today dealt backup guard Jarrett Jack and young prospect Sergey Karasev to the Nets, and a first-round draft pick to the Celtics. At the same time, ESPN reporter Chris Broussard started tweeting that they were looking to sign veterans Ray Allen and Mike Miller, who won championship rings with the Miami Heat in 2012. All this wheeling and dealing is happening with one goal in mind: getting LeBron James back to the team that drafted him, which he left in an acrimonious fashion in 2010 to go win titles with the Heat.
The only problem: no one knows if James is actually interested in going back.
For sure, rumors have been swirling for weeks now that LeBron's camp — especially his agent Rich Paul (an Ohio native) — has been pushing for a return to Cleveland, a short drive from his hometown of Akron, where he still lives. Though the outpouring of hatred from Cavs fans after he declared he was going to Miami during an ESPN special still lingers, the allure of a hometown hero returning to resurrect the sad Cavaliers franchise might be too good to resist, right? The Cavs seem to think so, finally taking down owner Dan Gilbert's 2010 screed against LeBron from their website.