LeBron James to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Sports Illustrated

LeBron makes stunning announcement on Sports Illustrated.

After days of silence while enjoying a family vacation, Fourth of July celebrations, morning workouts with mom in Miami, workouts with Dwyane Wade, dinners in Vegas with Wade and old friends from Akron, it's finally official that LeBron James has announced he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

An aggressive bid by the Cleveland Cavaliers ultimately was enough to sway the 2-time NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP away from keeping his talents in South Beach.

James won two of his four MVP trophies in Miami, and has been to the NBA Finals in every season here. He led the Heat last season in points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goals made, free throws made and tied for three-point field goals made. He appeared in 77 games (all starts) for the Heat, averaging 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.57 steals in 37.7 minutes while shooting a career-high 56.7% from the field. The King improved his field goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season while scoring a team-high 2,089 points for the season, becoming only the fourth NBA player to score 2,000+ points for nine seasons. He scored his 23,000th career point on April 4 vs Minnesota, becoming the youngest player to do so in NBA history.

Among league leaders this season, the 10-time NBA All-Star, finished third in points per game, fourth in field goal percentage, sixth in minutes per game, 10th in assists per game and 18th in steals per game.

From his statement to SI:

I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that's exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I've talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.

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