The Cleveland Cavaliers might not be one of the league's biggest, most popular teams, but they still mean something to LeBron. Even after leaving the squad via "The Decision," the Heat superstar still can't escape the fact that the Cavs are his hometown team and will always be the one that first gave the chance to establish himself in the NBA.
Now there's finally enough support in Cleveland that he could win a championship.
During his first go-around, his best teammates were Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mo Williams, (washed up) Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison. It's hardly a title-winning bunch there, and it's actually pretty impressive that a young LeBron carried his supporting cast to the NBA Finals before bolting for South Beach.
That wouldn't be the case during his second time with the franchise.
Kyrie Irving, a point guard who appears likely to become a top-10 player in the league and challenge Chris Paul for the title of best point guard by the time the 2013-14 season is over, will be on the roster. So too will Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson.
Plus, if Andrew Bynum proves that he's going to regain his old form, the Cavs will be guaranteeing his contract for the 2014-15 season, making the squad that much stronger.
Even if Bynum doesn't pan out, the rest of the core is strong enough that it would be competing for titles during every year throughout the foreseeable future. The Heat would have two top-10 players, as well as a few other strong contributors with elite upsides.
The only reason Cleveland doesn't rank even higher is that there isn't an opportunity to land a third guaranteed star. The Cavs would still be relying on either Waiters, Bennett or Thompson to step up and become the final leg of the new Big Three.