Rockets forward Chandler Parsons predicts LeBron James returns to Cleveland
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons boldly predicted this week that Heat forward LeBron James will leave Miami this summer and possibly reunite with the Cavaliers franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003.
Speaking on Friday's Sportsnation broadcast, the 25-year-old swingman said the fact that James is likely going to finish the season short of his third NBA championship is reason enough for the four-time MVP to leave the Heat team he joined in 2010:
“I think if they would have won the championship, it would have been a different story and they would have come back to do it again …. I think he’s done all he can do there, and it’s time for him to move on."
The Heat are currently down 3-1 to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. No team in Finals history has come back to win the championship after being down 3-1. Game 5 is Sunday night in San Antonio.
Parsons, himself a restricted free agent, could also be on the move. The Rockets are one of three teams reportedly set to make a serious bid at landing Knicks franchise forward Carmelo Anthony this summer. The two other clubs are the Heat and Bulls.
With the Cavs owners of the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, and the NBA landscape possibly shifting -- specifically in the East -- if Anthony does in fact leave New York, Parsons may be on to something if he thinks James will have a better chance at contending over the long term if he returns to Cleveland to team with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and this year's No. 1 overall pick.
NBA free agency begins July 1.