LeBron is going home

By Steve Sell
July 11, 2014

The “decision” has been made.

LeBron James is going home.

James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where his career started after an historic high school career in nearby Akron, Ohio.

“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told SI.com today in a first-person essay. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

James has played the last four years with the Miami Heat, for which he won a pair of NBA championships and reached the finals in two other years.

James’ departure means the famed “Big 3” is no more, and opens the door for former teammate Chris Bosh to sign with the Houston Rockets. There’s been little word what third Musketeer Dwyane Wade will do, but he’s expected to remain in Miami and undergo his third reconstruction project of his career.

James’ announcement means business can return to normalcy in the NBA after his silence has in essence held the league hostage, as his decision will affect many other players and their future destinations.