by Editor | July 12, 2014 2:24 am
BBC – Basketball’s biggest star LeBron James has announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers - the team where he began his NBA career 11 years ago.
The 29-year-old made the announcement in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Friday.
James has been a free agent since 1 July after opting out of the final two years of his Miami Heat contract .
“I always believed I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there,” James said.
James, named the NBA’s most valuable player on four occasions, quit his contract in Miami last month.
He would have earned $42.7m (£25.1m) in the two years left on his deal.
His decision sparked a scramble for the player, but he revealed a return to his home state of Ohio was always in his thoughts.
“After last season, free agency wasn’t even a thought,” said James, who hails from Akron, 40 miles from Cleveland.
“But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my home town.
“I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”
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