Will LeBron Go Back to the Cavs? James Open to Cleveland Return

Barely over a month has passed since LeBron James signed for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he might already be planning a return to Cleveland.

The three-time NBA champion left Ohio for a second time in June, when he opted out of the final year of his deal with the Cavaliers, before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract with the Lakers at the beginning of July.

However, while many saw the move to California as a final farewell to his home state—from a professional standpoint at least—LeBron might have other ideas.

"Listen, I don't close the chapter on anything or close the book on anything," James said when asked if he would return to Cleveland to end his career, as reported by the Associated Press. "But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that's for sure."

Considering LeBron will be 37 by the time his four-year deal with the Lakers runs out, any return to Cleveland would probably be in the shape of a one-season farewell tour.

Alternatively, LeBron could also sign a one-day contract, purely so he would technically retire as a Cavs player. Either way, as long as his body doesn't let him down, it would not be beyond the realm of possibility to see the four-time MVP don the Cavs jersey again.

Last week, LeBron made his first public appearance since signing for the 16-time NBA champions when he inaugurated his school in Akron, Ohio.

As the LeBron James Family Foundation cut the ribbon of an I Promise School in his hometown, the 33-year-old spoke of the sense of responsibility he feels towards his hometown and the local community.

Head coach Tyronn Lue (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. LeBron has not ruled out a return to Cleveland. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

"Everything they are going through as kids, I know," he said a video released by his Uninterrupted network the day before the inauguration.

"For me to be in the position where I have the resources, have the finance, the structure, I have the city around me, then why not? Why not continue to do great things and help the youth?"

However, before he begins working on a return to Cleveland, LeBron will focus on bringing the Lakers back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign.

LeBron has made the NBA Finals in each of the last eight seasons, while the Lakers have not got as far since winning their 16th title in 2010.

However, the Ohio native has already stated he relishes the challenge.

I felt like at this point in my career, the ultimate for me, just like when I went to Miami [in 2010], everyone looks at me joining a superteam," he said in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN.

"But if people look at it, I think Miami was 35-47 the year before I joined the team. And you guys can look at the Lakers record [from the 2017-18 season]. So I like the challenge. I like the challenge of being able to help a team get to places they haven't been in quite a while. Obviously the Lakers haven't made the playoffs in a few years, but the Lakers organization is a historical franchise."