LeBron James is going home.
The 10-time All-Star reached a deal to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent, which marks a dramatic reunion with a team he jilted four years ago. James made the announcement in an essay for Sports Illustrated.
James is leaving behind a Miami Heat franchise he joined as a free agent in 2010 before winning two NBA titles and reaching four straight NBA Finals. His move now could have seismic repercussions across the NBA.
In the essay, James, an Ohio native, said his bond with his home state was a big factor in the decision. “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” he said. “I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”
He added winning a championship for Cleveland is “what’s most important” for him now.
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