Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is rumored to be leaving his team once again.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the possibility of “King James'” second departure from the team that drafted him in 2003 stems from him being “taken for granted”.
“Don’t put it past him that he’ll get so annoyed that he’ll leave again if he feels like he’s being taken for granted, ran into the ground and, essentially, misused,” Smith said on ESPN Radio’s Jorge & Izzy (via The Big Lead).
While it was not specified how James was mistreated, Smith also noted how the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player awardee “never promised to retire a Cleveland Cavalier,” but rather clarified that it was his “mission” to bring a title to his first NBA team.
“I don’t see him departing before that happens unless he believes there’s no hope or something else happens with Dan Gilbert,” Smith said.
Another source of the rumors behind James’ possible departure from Cleveland was his previous workout session with former teammate Dwyane Wade in Miami last week.
In July 2015, James re-signed on a two-year maximum deal with the Cavaliers amounting to $47 million. Along with it came a player option for the second year.
In a report by Satchel Price for SBnation.com during the said time of the re-signing, it was noted that James’ reason for extending his contract was his interest in seeing how the Cavaliers would do in the off-season.
The report also noted James’ fairly average performance during the previous regular season but he was able to bounce back big time in the playoffs, averaging 30 points and 11 rebounds. Unfortunately for him, the Cavaliers fell short in the Finals, losing to champion Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently situated at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 44-17.