Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hasn't ruled out a potential return to Cleveland. James, who started his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, signed with the Cavs in 2014 and kept on his promise of delivering Cleveland its first NBA championship.
James left the Cavaliers in 2018 to join the Lakers. "The door's not closed on that," James told The Athletic on Saturday when asked about a potential return to Cleveland. "I'm not saying I'm coming back and playing, I don't know.
I don't know what my future holds. I don't even know when I'm free." James' son, Bronny, will be eligible to enter the NBA in 2024. James has revealed he plans to play his final year on the team where his son ends up.
"My last year will be played with my son," James said. "Wherever Bronny is at, that's where I'll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It's not about the money at that point."
James on Sam Presti, the Lakers' season
Also, James dropped major praise on Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Presti. "The MVP over there is Sam Presti. He's the MVP," James said of the 44-year-old front-office executive who has held the post since 2007.
"I mean, Josh Giddey is great. But Sam Presti, I don't understand this guy's eye for talent. He drafted [Kevin Durant], Russ [Westbrook], Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka, Reggie Jackson, Josh Giddey and the list goes on and on and on.
This guy is pretty damn good." The struggling Lakers didn't make any changes at the trade deadline. "Throughout this process we had different things we looked at and, like I've done in the past, had conversations with LeBron and Anthony about it and I would say there's alignment here," Lakers general manager Pelinka told reporters on a videoconference call.
"And that's all that matters." The Lakers own a disappointing 27-31 record. "Every season has its own mental and physical challenges," James said. "And this is no different. This is the most strange season I've been a part of so far."
The Lakers have been struggling mightily this season but James is confident they can turn around their season. "That's part of the motivation at this point," he said. "I know it's been a hell-storm of a season for us so far but if I can get our group in the [postseason] games, all we can ask for is a chance."