LeBron James Heading Back Home to Cleveland Cavaliers

By: Matty Simo | Friday, July 11, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers

The biggest domino has finally fallen in NBA free agency, as superstar LeBron James announced today he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent the first seven years of his pro basketball career before leaving for the Miami Heat. James told Sports Illustrated, "I'm coming home," in an exclusive interview with Lee Jenkins, and the Cavs instantly jumped to 9/2 to win the 2015 NBA Championship at William Hill in Las Vegas with Miami dropping all the way down to 30/1.

The Heathad made it to four straight NBA Finals, winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. Cleveland advanced to the 2007 NBA Finals but was swept by the San Antonio Spurs in four games. Ironically, losing to the Spurs this past year ended James' reign in Miami, and the four-time NBA MVP will now be the fourth former No. 1 overall pick on the Cavs' roster, joining Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins.

Cleveland had cleared salary cap space earlier in the week by dealing guards Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev along with center Tyler Zeller in a three-way trade with the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. The Cavs also re-signed Irving to a new five-year, $90 million contract extension on Thursday.

The James signing should make Cleveland fans forget about "The Decision" in 2013 and makes the Cavs the team to beat in the Eastern Conference at 11/10 odds. He was ultimately able to forgive Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, who penned his infamous letter soon after James spurned his team for South Beach, degrading him and saying the Cavs would win a title before him.  

Only the Spurs are bigger favorites to win the 2015 NBA title right now at 4/1. They return essentially the same team that took James' Heat to seven games in 2013 and beat them in five this year.

Now all eyes will be on Carmelo Anthony, who has yet to decide between the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. If Anthony decides to sign with the Bulls, the NBA's Central Division will have a new rivalry like no other. If he returns to the Knicks, they will have a lot more work to do to re-build and turn themselves into a championship contender with James staying in the Eastern Conference. And if the Lakers somehow land Anthony, we may see him team with Kobe Bryant and go against James in an exciting NBA Finals matchup sometime within the next few years.

Following are updated NBA future odds from William Hill...

2014-2015 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP FUTURES

TEAM

As of 7/11

As of 6/16

Spurs

4/1

4/1

Cavaliers

9/2

50/1

Thunder

7/1

7/1

Clippers

9/1

9/1

Bulls

10/1

10/1

Rockets

12/1

12/1

Pacers

12/1

12/1

Warriors

15/1

15/1

Blazers

25/1

25/1

Lakers

25/1

50/1

Mavericks

25/1

40/1

Heat

30/1

+275

Wizards

40/1

40/1

Nets

40/1

40/1

Grizzlies

40/1

40/1

Raptors

50/1

50/1

Pelicans

50/1

50/1

Suns

50/1

50/1

Knicks

60/1

50/1

Bobcats

75/1

75/1

Nuggets

75/1

75/1

Hawks

75/1

75/1

Timberwolves

100/1

100/1

Celtics

100/1

100/1

Pistons

150/1

150/1

Kings

150/1

150/1

Jazz

150/1

150/1

Magic

150/1

150/1

76ers

200/1

200/1

Bucks

250/1

250/1

 

TO WIN 2014-15 NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE

TEAM

As of 7/11

As of 6/16

Cavaliers

+110

20/1

Bulls

3/1

4/1

Pacers

5/1

5/1

Heat

15/1

+105

Wizards

15/1

15/1

Nets

18/1

18/1

Raptors

20/1

20/1

Knicks

20/1

20/1

Bobcats

30/1

30/1

Hawks

30/1

30/1

Celtics

40/1

40/1

Pistons

60/1

60/1

Magic

75/1

75/1

76ers

100/1

100/1

Bucks

125/1

125/1

 

TO WIN 2014-15 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE

TEAM

As of 7/11

As of 6/16

Spurs

+180

2/1

Thunder

3/1

3/1

Clippers

5/1

5/1

Rockets

7/1

7/1

Warriors

8/1

8/1

Lakers

14/1

25/1

Blazers

15/1

15/1

Mavericks

25/1

25/1

Grizzlies

25/1

25/1

Pelicans

25/1

25/1

Suns

25/1

25/1

Nuggets

35/1

35/1

Timberwolves

50/1

501

Kings

75/1

75/1

Jazz

75/1

75/1

 
 
 
 
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