News that LeBron James chose to opt out of his Miami Heat contract in pursuit of free agency emphasized something we already knew: there’s a new name synonymous with Cleveland sports, and it’s not The King.
After multiple reports stated James’ intentions, the armchair agents of Twitter got to planning his future.
Many couldn’t help but drop another athlete’s name. Not that of Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh, but Cleveland newcomer Johnny Manziel.
Manziel was the second of the Browns’ two first-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The quarterback was entered into hypothetical scenarios as fans of all kinds wondered if James may make his way back to Cleveland.
“LeBron James to team up with Johnny Manziel and lead the Cleveland Browns to their 1st Super Bowl win?” proposed Brian Sherman on Twitter.
“Imagine he goes back to Cleveland?!? Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Jabari Parker!?! And then they recruit Johnny Manziel and J.Gordon lol,” was Carlos Vega‘s take on it.
Others, like N.A.D.R.E.A.M, simply saw it for what it was: an exciting time for basketball.
Opting out doesn’t mean James will leave the Heat, a source told The Associated Press.
James had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships.