Report: Cavs owner's infamous letter still bothers James

Report: Cavs owner's infamous letter still bothers James
July 11, 2014, 10:15 am
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Throughout LeBron James' latest run with free agency and especially as momentum built about a possible return to the Cavaliers, one unresolved issue remained: Could James really play for the owner, Dan Gilbert, who infamously trashed his former star's previous "decision?"

Turns out, the answer might be no. Though the Cavs have moved into the favorite position ahead of the Miami Heat to sign the four-time MVP according to some NBA insiders, that letter might prevent James from taking his talents to Lake Erie.

From ESPN's Chris Broussard:

One reason, if not the major reason, that LeBron James has taken so long to decide whether to play in Miami or Cleveland next season is the infamous letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned about James after the superstar left Cleveland in 2010, sources said.

“If it wasn’t for that letter, this would’ve been done awhile ago,” one source said.

As ProBasketballTalk.com notes, as of this year, Gilbert was still defending it and the Cavaliers’ official website was still hosting it.

All of this leads to another question: If true, if James can't figure out how to get past Gilbert's letter, how did the Cavs get this deep into the running for him in the first place? 

As pundit after pundit debates where James will go, general consensus seems to be that Gilbert, even if he's unable to secure the Ohio native's return, comes out ahead for getting Cleveland this close despite that comic sans fonted past. Perhaps the late mention of this story is James' way of taking away any praise for Gilbert should he stay with Miami. Sorry, Cleveland. I would have come home, but, you know.

A final decision from James is rumored to take place on Friday, but who knows at this point.