LeBron James Free Agency: 5 Reasons why LeBron James should re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer
#4 The fallout of leaving Cleveland again would be unbearable
If at all LeBron does choose some team other than the Cavaliers in his upcoming free agency for the summer of 2018 (if he opts out of his player option) or 2019, nearly all of the goodwill he earned for returning to the Cavaliers franchise would go right out of the window.
LeBron would be hated more than ever by Ohio sports fans, especially since LeBron stated in 2014 that he would like to retire in Cleveland, and has reiterated the same stance whenever he has been asked the question. Most recently, he did it in September 2017, with the following statement:
I won't ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans or be in a situation where I'm worried or talking about free agency all year long, because I'm not going to give energy to something I can handle in the summertime when I should be focused on what I need to do on a day-to-day basis to help this franchise compete for a championship because that's what the front office wants.
If LeBron goes back on his word now, he would be called out for all of this, and not in a good way.
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:19 IST