It was a wonderful dream while it lasted.

Many in the league now think Heat forward LeBron James will take a pass on returning to the Cavaliers in free agency this summer.
He will almost assuredly opt out of his contract in order to secure another multiyear deal. That makes business sense.

The Cavs had hoped to persuade James to rejoin their organization. That notion has dimmed considerably.

Even though James would instantly make the Cavs a contender, why would he want to join a team 10 games under .500 at this stage of his career? The answer is he probably wouldn’t.

If the Miami Heat win a third consecutive NBA title this June, it would be extremely tough for James to bolt for other pastures.
Some around the league think it would be a mistake for James to leave South Beach.

The determining factor might not be how much money he can make elsewhere, it might center on the condition of fellow superstar Dwyane Wade’s knees.

“It’s tough,” James told the Miami Herald. “Guys think it’s easy, but it’s tough. We have a team built on chemistry, built on rhythm. With so many of the guys being in and out, and the concern with D-Wade, it’s been tough on all of us.

“We’ve got to go in with the mindset sometimes that he’s not playing, as opposed to: Is he playing?”
As of Saturday morning, Wade has missed 13 games, largely because of his knees. This past week, though, marked the first time he has skipped three in a row.
Without a sidekick like Wade, the Heat isn’t the same dominant team.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said the time off is part of the plan from the training staff.