This might not be the most chic choice, unless you're a Cavs fan.
But it's the right thing to do.
LeBron could be an icon by winning a title elsewhere, but he could be a hero by doing it in Cleveland.
I think it's safe to say that, after all LeBron, the Cavs, and the city have been through, winning one title in Cleveland would mean as much as winning three rings somewhere else.
At the same time, this decision also still makes a lot of basketball sense.
Even though Tom Izzo isn't coming, the Cavaliers have a lot to offer LeBron James.
No matter what anyone says, LeBron is allowed input when it comes to a coaching search. It would be silly for him not to at this point.
No matter who would finally be acquired, they couldn't help but have more creative offenses than Mike Brown.
At the same time, the Cavs are a good defensive team because of Brown's influence, and one has to expect that they wouldn't simply lose this quality overnight.
It would seem a bit premature for LeBron to give up on the Cavs before finding out whether a coaching change, a more open-minded offense, and a few last roster tweaks were enough to take that final step.
Cleveland has one of the deepest benches in the league, and a roster that's already been custom-built around LeBron.
With Brown off the bench, Shaq off the roster, and Zydrunas Ilguaskas possibly retiring, the Cavs might finally start their most athletic frontcourt players (JJ Hickson and Anderson Varejao) together with James.
During his career, Antawn Jamison has previously filled the role of sixth man quite well. I think he'd be a better fit coming off the Cavs bench with second unit scoring and down-the-stretch minutes.
Shaq's money is coming off the books. While that doesn't open up a lot of room for the capped-out Cavs, it might allow them to find another scoring guard.
Any combination of Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, and/or Delonte West could also be retained or turned into additional scoring help. Either way, the Cavs have some flexibility and tradable assets.
Finally, there's a lot of legacy at stake here.
I don't think anyone would blame LeBron if he re-signed for a three-year deal, found out whether a few minor changes were enough, and gave Cleveland the first decade of his career.
People would completely understand if he eventually had to move on.
At least he tried.
As a TimberWolves fan, I can unequivocally tell you that no one felt betrayed when Kevin Garnett finally moved on from Minnesota.
He had given us everything he had.
In the end, it just wasn't enough.
And neither were we.
On the other hand, if LeBron leaves now and wins, then he ran away from adversity to greener pastures.
If he leaves and loses, then he must never have been a winner at all.
At least if he stays and loses, then he stoically chased something that wasn't meant to be. But it wasn't for lack of effort.
If he stays and wins, then he overcame adversity, saved a crumbling city, and became a hero.
It's just the right thing to do.