Free agency in the NBA has become quiet a show. Drama show writers can't even create something with this much tension.
Lebron James is the most talented player in the league. He left a city that raised him four years ago. He left after some disappointing years of being the one to carry the team. Now, Lebron finds him self in a situation that is very similar to the reasons that lead him to Miami. It can be argued (I'm not sure anyone would) that Lebron was the single only reason why the Heat even made it to the playoffs this year. It seems like the movie "Ground Hogs Day". Same situation different jersey. Then, Lebron decides that he doesn't want to be the only one to carry all the weight, and opts out of a contract that would have paid him more money than any max contract he will get now. Lebron assumably hoping that opting out would force the Heat to improve the team. Unfortunately, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger aren't that significant of an improvement.
Let's step back into time for a minute, shall we. In 2010, Lebron knew when he took his jersey off that he was leaving Cleveland. While in Connecticut to tell the world his decision, Lebron didn't even personally tell the Cavs or Dan Gilbert that he felt he needed to move on. Who made that phone call you ask? Rich Paul. Lebron's now agent. Rich Paul called owner Dan Gilbert minutes before the announcement. This is a testament to how much more mature these guys are now. Lebron hasn't spoke to anyone outside of his close friends and family. Rich Paul has kept everything quiet, but everyone knows there is a calm before every storm. Rich Paul started Klutch Sports and he could have made the main office anywhere in the world. He chose Cleveland. He is the agent for Tristan Thompson, and it can be assumed that he has a decent relationship with Dan Gilbert now because Gilbert actually allows him in his facilities. After the decision Gilbert banned Lebron and all of his friends from The Q. This has obviously changed. There are reports that Gilbert and Paul met last week to talk about what the Cavs have to offer.
With all of that being said, the way this all should work out is quiet simple. Every story needs a happy ending. Lebron should tell Pat Riley in his face to face meeting this week, that he has decided to move on and make things right in Cleveland. After that meeting he should fly to Cleveland to meet with Dan Gilbert. In that meeting Lebron should tell Dan Gilbert that both of them have made mistakes in the past, and they need to let the past be the past. Then together Gilbert and Lebron should draft a letter to the fans explaining they haven't always done the right things, but they can't change the past but only influence the future. Then they should publish the letter in every major Ohio newspaper.
Cleveland fans would Love this ending, but more importantly sports fans in general would like the story here. Even Batman came back to save Gotham.