LeBron James has made it clear that he wants to win a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but whether or not he is capable of doing so is up in the air right now.
The Cavs are clinging on to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and are set to make another deep playoff run, but that did not stop LeBron from fantasizing about new teammates.
“I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together,” James said. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
This could bring about some uneasy feelings among Cavs fans. LeBron bolted from Cleveland in 2010 to team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, where they won two championships, only to return to Cleveland in 2015.
LeBron has a player option on his contract for next season, and there will be plenty of teams that can offer him a maximum contract and help build his desired superteam. There are ways for Cleveland to acquire all of the players that LeBron wants to play with, but the likelihood of this scenario unfolding is almost impractical.
The likelihood of LeBron leaving Cleveland again seems slim at best. Of course, many felt that way in 2010 when he ultimately fled and nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. If James, Wade, Anthony, and Paul did join forces however, they still might struggle to surpass the Warriors and Spurs.