NBA Source: LeBron James Is Leaving Cleveland After This Season

The inevitable is happening. According to hoops sleuth Chris Sheriden, King James is 100 percent guaranteed to leave his Cleveland court for free agency after this season.    

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NBA source said today: “This will be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair.

If true, this will be the second time that LeBron James leaves his hometown to pursue more championship friendly conditions elsewhere.

Those that truly understand how LeBron James works his chess board knew that he would be bouncing after Golden State proved to be too strong a juggernaut for Bron’s boys to handle. Kyrie Irving’s trade demands and refusal to play with LeBron was basically the last straw.  

Miami was LeBron’s first destination and he made the most of playing with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, winning two championships. Then he bounced to Cleveland and teamed up with Irving and Kevin Love and brought a championship home to Ohio. 

In June there were rumors that LeBron is on his way to the Lakers to team up with Lonzo Ball and bolster the young, burgeoning nucleus they are building in LA. 

Losing the 2017 NBA Finals and David Griffin’s departure left a bad taste in his mouth. With the latest reports that his career in Cleveland is all but over after this season, those Lakers reports don’t seem so farfetched. 

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James is always a step ahead and Golden State’s addition of Kevin Durant definitely threw a kink in his Cleveland plans. As constructed and without Kyrie, the Cavs will have a hard time just surviving an improved Eastern Conference. 

Bron isn’t feeling that and when the going gets tough, he usually bails to greener pastures. James will play this season out and assess the NBA landscape, carefully selecting the best opportunity for him to win another ring in 2018. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.