Dan Gilbert's letter to LeBron James might be holding up a deal with the Cavaliers

Could 'The Letter' really be the only thing holding back LeBron from a return to Cleveland?

7/11/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsThe Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James are flirting heavily, at the very least, and it looks like LeBron's options are down to two: He's either staying in Miami with the Heat, or he's making a return to his hometown team in an effort to win some goodwill and save the city he once abandoned.

There might be one thing holding up the reunion of LeBron and the Cavaliers, however: The open letter from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to LeBron, which was one of the most scathing public denouncements we've ever seen from an NBA owner.

According to Chris Broussard's infamous "sources," that letter might be the one thing keeping LeBron from running back into the waiting arms of Cleveland fans and once again donning a Cavaliers uniform.

If LeBron is truly that upset about the letter, it could take a public apology from Gilbert just to convince LeBron that he can once again work for him.

One of Broussard's sources is an anonymous league executive who says that LeBron viewed the letter as a racist rebuke, and it would be hypocritical for LeBron to return to Cleveland.

Still, Broussard's sources have been wrong before, like when they told him LeBron was signing with the Bulls 4 years ago, and it doesn't mean much when an executive anonymously gives opinions in an ESPN article. That's not common, since most of the time anonymous sources are used to state facts, not opinions.

The circus isn't over yet, and all eyes will be on LeBron until he makes his latest decision.

What do you think? Will he stay with the Heat, or will he return to the Cavaliers? Or will he end up somewhere else and shock everyone? What's your prediction?
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