Does LeBron’s Number Change Show He Wants to Stay In Cleveland?

March 2nd, 2010 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
The news has hit that LeBron James plans to personally retire his use of number 23 as an homage to Michael Jordan.  However, might this also show that he is currently leaning toward remaining a Cleveland Cavalier?

The rules in the NBA allow a player to change his number if he signs with, or is traded to a new team.  If they are remaining with their current team, they must appeal their number change to the league.

What would the purpose of LeBron filing to switch his number to six if he were planning to sign with a new team as a free agent this summer. You cannot ignore the subtext of this move.

He is obviously pleased with the team he is playing with currently, and it will most likely be the one he will be playing with next year were he to re-sign with Cleveland.

The Cavs are currently playing without their two seven-footers, with Shaq out for thumb surgery and Z out in free-agent limbo.  Considering these two, the two oldest Cavaliers currently on their roster (or to be on their roster by March 22nd) both have questions to whether they will be playing with Cleveland next year.

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