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Eastern Conference Executive Says LeBron James Isn't Leaving The Cavs After This Season

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Well, LeBron's free agency decision has now gotten very interesting.

The general consensus within NBA circles before the trade deadline was that it was 99% confirmed James would be leaving the Cavaliers in the offseason, as the team they had assembled didn't look like it could even make the Finals, let alone contend with the Warriors.

But after the trade deadline, Cleveland made a multitude of moves, transforming the team into a younger, more athletic squad with the additions of former Lakers Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., as well as Rodney Hood and George Hill.

Because of these moves, a "high-ranking Eastern Conference team executive" is now saying he wouldn't be surprised if LeBron decided to stay in Cleveland after this season.

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"I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays in Cleveland now," he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "The Cavaliers put a really good team around him. The Cavaliers have made it really tough for him to decide to leave Cleveland again. The Lakers might have helped them keep LeBron."

Oh the irony.

The main reason Magic Johnson and the Lakers decided to trade away Clarkson and Nance was to free up enough cap space to sign not one, but two max free agents in the summer, with LeBron James and Paul George the two main targets they'd be pursuing in free agency.

But now due to the success of the trade, handing blowout losses to both OKC and Boston before the All-Star break, the additions of Clarkson and Nance may have swung James' decision back to Ohio.

You can bet your bottom dollar that Laker fans will be bursting into flames on the Los Angeles streets if two of their former players are the reason they miss out on their marquee free agent target.