The pull of home lured James back to Cleveland in the first place, and if the changes made by the Cavaliers at the deadline prove to be helpful, it is possible he will welcome the responsibility and challenge of continuing to lead the franchise.
And just like that, another chapter was added to a chaotic season in Cleveland. The Cavs tried to incorporate him into their offense, but it was forced and bogging them down. General manager Koby Altman wanted to revitalize an aging team he felt was "marching a slow death" and not fulfilling its potential as a title contender.
The new roster of the Cavaliers will be tested against the Celtics, who remain to be on one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference.
Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe put themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance.
"More so it's going to be a walk-through, just trying to teach the new guys the plays and what we're trying to do defensively", he said. "We want to build those habits all the way to the postseason". George Hill added 12 points and was the first point guard Cleveland's had in years to apply consistent on-ball pressure. The Cavs essentially gave up on Thomas after he played only 15 games following a 7?-month layoff because of a torn labrum in his right hip, sending him to the Lakers. That's what it was like for Coach Tyronn Lue. I wish the best for him.
By making the moves, the Cavaliers not only got more athletic but also improved their backcourt to take a bit of the pressure off LeBron. "Hill summed it up best when he said "[LeBron] is Batman and we've got to be all Robins".
They were also part of a three-team trade with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings to acquire Rodney Hood and George Hill while trading away Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, and a 2020 second-round pick in return.
Though he was reunited in Cleveland with James, Wade was coming off the bench and his role might have been further diminished by the new additions.
While Altman's main objective was to fix Cleveland's culture, his efforts also were created to appease James, who hasn't been himself in recent weeks.
That being said, despite the overhaul in Cleveland, LeBron James has always been about putting himself in the best position to win another NBA Championship and the Cavs will still have their work cut out for them just to get to the NBA Finals.
It was vintage James, who had been playing at an MVP level before his puzzling drop-off.
"That's not a good thing", Thomas said Wednesday.
He doesn't have any doubts now.
Monroe spent this past week learning the Boston playbook, but said his biggest challenge now is getting comfortable with the teammates that he has yet to practice with as a group.
Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs' commitment to fixing their roster.
The Cavs made their moves.