LeBron James’ wife’s latest Instagram post has Cleveland Cavaliers fans crossing their fingers in the hope that the four-time NBA MVP will sign with the team that drafted him.
On Sunday night, Savannah James took to her social media account to tease fans with a photo of Akron, Ohio, the couple's hometown. “Home sweet home!! The countdown is real! #330,” the photo’s caption read.
The upload drew an immediate response on Instagram, with users speculating as to whether Savannah James’ post hinted that LeBron James planned to leave the Miami Heat for a return to the Cavaliers. James has the ability to opt out of his contract this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent.
The Heat star hasn’t addressed his wife’s Instagram post, nor has he given any indication of any plans to return to Miami next season or opt out of his deal. Conventional wisdom suggests that he’ll opt out, as the 2014-15 NBA season would mark the final year of his current contract.
James spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, having joined the team straight out of high school. He led the team to six straight winning seasons, including a berth in the 2006-07 NBA Finals.
In a televised event in 2010 dubbed “The Decision,” James declared his intention to sign with the Heat, a move that infuriated his hometown fans in Cleveland. At the time, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was so incensed that he wrote an open letter to fans in which he lampooned James for his “betrayal” of the franchise.
Still, rumors that James will return to Cleveland have percolated since shortly after he signed with the Heat. The Cavaliers have the cap space, the supporting cast (Kyrie Irving) and the draft position (they get the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft) to successfully entice James to return.
It’s hard to imagine that Gilbert would reject the possibility of that kind of reunion.
Note: An earlier version of this story said that the Cleveland Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals in 2009. They actually faced the San Antonio Spurs in the 2006-07 NBA Finals.