May 1, 2024 - News

LeBron James' uncertain basketball future has Cleveland dreaming

LeBron James with hands on his knees in yellow Lakers jersey

Could he come back?! Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

LeBron James' season is over, but, perhaps, the most intriguing part of his 2024 is just beginning.

Driving the news: James and the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the postseason by the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Why it matters: James, 39, has one year left on his contract with the Lakers but could opt out and become a free agent this summer.

  • When asked during a postgame press conference on Monday if he just played his last game with the Lakers, James responded, "I'm not going to answer that."

The intrigue: The Sporting News lists Cleveland among the possible landing spots for James next season.

What they're saying: When asked in 2022 about a possible return to Cleveland, James told The Athletic that "the door's not closed."

  • James' agent, Rich Paul, was seen chatting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert courtside after the Cavs' win over the Orlando Magic on April 22.

Reality check: Paul has known Gilbert for more than 20 years and is the agent for current Cavs guard Darius Garland.

  • The Cavs have their hands full with the Magic and are hoping to extend star Donovan Mitchell's contract in the offseason.

Between the lines: The ex-factor in all of this could be James' son Bronny, who is deciding between continuing his college basketball career or going to the NBA.

The bottom line: LeBron dreams of playing with his eldest son, meaning the team that drafts him would have an edge.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Cleveland.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Cleveland stories


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Cleveland.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more