Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and LeBron James’ relationship has grown immensely since the 2010 ESPN special The Decision. Although James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago, James returned home for four seasons and paid back his amends to Cleveland, bringing them the franchise’s first championship in 2016.
Gilbert notoriously badmouthed James after abandoning Cleveland the first time. But, now, after announcing he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154 million contract on July 1—technically leaving the Cavaliers in the dust for the second time—Gilbert gained respect for James and penned him a heartfelt letter. He even said James’ No. 23 jersey will be retired by Cleveland when his career comes to an end.
LeBron James, meanwhile, gave the city of Cleveland a farewell on his Instagram.[the_ad id=”4383″][the_ad_placement id=”before-content”]
This may not be James’ official last time as a member of the Cavaliers, though. As seen most recently by Paul Pierce, James could sign a one-day contract to retire as a Cavalier whenever his stellar career may come to a close.
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