The King is heading back home.
LeBron James announced earlier today through his Instagram account and an essay on Sports Illustrated that he has decided to leave the Miami Heat and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
I am shocked & disappointed in today's news. However I will never forget what Lebron brought us for 4 years. Thanks for memories @KingJames
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 11, 2014
Miami Heat owner Micky Arison thanked James on Twitter for his contributions, although he admitted he was surprised by the decision.
Welcome Home @kingjames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them…..
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 11, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on the other hand welcome LeBron with open arms.
With James’ second decision in the books, it is expected that other free agency dominoes will follow. Chris Bosh re-signed with the Heat, with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem expected to remain in South Beach too. Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol are also set to announce where they’ll be playing in the next few days as well.
The Cavs are not done retooling their roster either, and could make a run at forward kevin Love.