If LeBron James Leaves Cleveland, Could the Cavaliers Be Next?

May 14th, 2010 by Ashwath Krishna Leave a reply »
Alright, so we all know what happened in the Cavs-Celtics series. I am personally over the moon about it because I bet on the Celtics to win 4-2. But this article isn't meant to be a post-mortem on the series.

However, one thing we all know is that the Cavs losing the series has well and truly upped the ante on the LeBron James free agency debate. The general mood has moved from, "He may leave," to, "He's looking for a house in New York/Chicago/LA."

There's another, darker subplot that doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone but me in this entire melee. 

If James leaves Cleveland, could the team leave next?

I can hear the entire city shooting me down. The Cavs were around before James, they say, and they will continue to exist after him. After all, this is a team and city that survived the Ted Stepien years, "The Shot," and a generally lean decade before the entry of the Akron Hammer.

The stakes, however, have changed.

With Dan Gilbert at the helm, the Cavs have transformed into a franchise that are among the few in the NBA who are willing to spend money, including going over the luxury tax limit, to build ...

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