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Schein: Why LeBron to Cleveland can work

July 8, 2014

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron James‘ agent, Rich Paul, believes the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a “strong position” acquire the former Cav.

Adam Schein can hardly contain his excitement.

Monday on his Mad Dog Sports Radio program, Schein explained the moving pieces involved, and how Cleveland could clear cap space to bring the King home.

“If they can trade Jarrett Jack, if they can find a third team in the proposed deal with the Brooklyn Nets where they would get Marcus Thornton, and Jack would get to back up Deron Williams in Brooklyn,” Schein said. “And they could get someone to take on Thornton’s expiring contract. Whoa, guess what Cleveland could do: Give LeBron James a max contract.”

Schein noted that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and executive Pat Riley have shown that the team isn’t 100 percent confident in James returning in search of a third title.

“I am fascinated,” Schein said, “because if you’ve noticed, Spoelstra and Riley have been talking to free agents. They’re making the tour. It’s the summer of Riles and Spoelstra, nationwide, talking to Gasol, talking to Williams, Ariza, Deng. They’re going coast-to-coast, baby. And all of these free agents have one simple question: What’s up with LeBron? And Pat Riley, for probably the first time in his pro career, has no answer.”

But what about the riff between James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, that started with the (absurd) letter, written in Comic Sans font, shortly after the decision? NBD, says Schein.

I know people are gonna say, “Well, Dan Gilbert hates LeBron, LeBron’s still wounded by Dan Gilbert.” Lemme tell you something: I bet there’s bad blood. You know what else I bet: I bet that they can have a wonderful, grand, kumbaya press conference. They can do it in Cleveland, they can do it in Akron, and people will forgive and forget.

“Boy, I would absolutely, positively love to see it,” Schein said. “And here’s hoping LeBron James, when it’s all said and done, will take his talents back to Cleveland.”