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With the Cleveland Cavaliers re-hiring of former head coach Mike Brown, one cannot help but wonder if LeBron could be next?
With Brown agreeing on a five-year, $20 million deal, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard as first reported on Tuesday, could his presence back in Cleveland along with the best young point guard in the NBA in Kyrie Irving be enough to entice the King to leave his kingdom in South Beach?
One must first consider the history between Brown and James, as during his five years in Cleveland, Brown would guide the Cavaliers to five straight playoff berths, including an appearance in the 2007 NBA Finals against his former mentor, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.
While many will point to the fact that brown had LeBron, it is hard to argue against a 272-138 record and back-to-back 60-win seasons.
In Cleveland, Brown will pair up with Irving and show the NBA’s second youngest team how to play defense, as Cleveland showed a tendency of blowing leads late in games.
One intriguing aspect of Brown being back in Cleveland is the prospect of developing Irving into a better all-around player on defense and using Cleveland’s substantial amount of salary-cap space to lure prospective free agents.
Could LeBron be the ultimate catch for Cleveland?
That remains to be seen, but considering the James could opt out of his deal with the Miami Heat at the end of the 2013-14 season remains a major reason for speculation, one must also look at the fact that Dwayne Wade will be 32 in 2014, Chris Bosh will be 30 next March and many of the other role players in the form of Ray Allen, Chris Anderson, Juwan Howard, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller a year older or on the verge of retirement.
In Cleveland, James would come back to a younger team on the rise, and play with the best point guard in his career in Irving and for a head coach in Brown that helped develop him into the defensive force that he is today.
Add to that, the many draft picks that Cleveland will have to help surround him with talent, unlike his first stint, and it sounds like a win-win for all parties involved.
The only question that remains now is how soon will he bring his talents back home to Ohio?
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