NBA superstar LeBron James could be lured to the negotiation table by reigning league champions Golden State Warriors with a max deal in the off-season, an ESPN report has claimed.
ESPN's Chris Haynes, citing league sources, stated that James could be tempted into leaving his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers, if the money offered to him is per his liking.
"Out of respect for the Warriors' winning culture, James would listen if Golden State explored ways to clear the necessary cap space," the report, which sent the world of basketball in a state of frenzy, says.
In 2010, James made arguably the most controversial move in sports history when he left the Cavaliers — his hometown franchise that had drafted him number one overall in the famed 2003 draft — for the Miami Heat.
He won back-to-back NBA titles with the Heat before returning back to the Cavs amid great fanfare.
On his return, James helped the Cavs win their maiden NBA title and cemented his status as one of the game's biggest stars.
However, he could be tempted into leaving the Cavs for a second time, if Haynes' report is to be believed. The report, however, adds that James' departure from Cleveland is not certain by any means.
The Cavs, perennial contenders for the NBA title, have struggled at times this season, with new acquisitions and injuries hurting the team's cause.