Things are going terribly wrong in Los Angeles, as the Lakers are having a disappointing 2021-22 campaign. While many will blame LeBron James for championing the cause to fill the roster with older players, his performance cannot be questioned, as he is doing his best to ensure the team wins every other night.
With 32 games played, the Lakers hold a 16-16 record and sit 7th in the Eastern Conference standings. They have flirted with the .500 mark since the start of the season and have failed to go on a winning streak that will solidify their position as one of the championship contenders.
There have been rumors of LeBron being excited about the young Cleveland Cavaliers team and might want to finish his career there. Following the Lakers' struggles, more people are starting to jump into the conversation and are imagining the possibility.
Former NBA champion and current sports analyst Kendrick Perkins has also hinted at the same thing. In a tweet after the Lakers' loss to the Phoenix Suns last night, he said:
"I wonder if Lebron James would consider demanding a trade back to Cleveland?! I mean the Cavs do have nice squad! Don’t mind me tho and Carry on..."
Although LeBron loves his hometown franchise, which inspired a return in 2014 to make sure he brings a championship to the city, it is impossible to say where he will play after his contract with the Lakers expires in 2023.
James has expressed interest to play with his son Bronny in the NBA, and that might play a significant role in where he plays next. Nonetheless, these rumors could put ideas in people's heads, and both LeBron and the Cavs organization might start to consider it. Who would not want LeBron on their team?
In year 19, LeBron has continued to perform at an elite level. Although Isiah Thomas is disappointed with the franchise for letting him log as many minutes despite being a few days away from turning 37, the four-time champ has no complaints yet.
LeBron has played in 20 games this season and is averaging 26.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.7 steals. His performance is still the principal determinant of a win or loss for the Lakers.