*The sports world flared up for nothing on Sunday when the wife of LeBron James posted a pic on Instagram that appeared to suggest her husband was taking his talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Savannah James posted the below photo of a map of Ohio, with “Akron” written across the image and a star to indicate the city’s location. Her caption read: “Home sweet home!! The countdown is real! #330”
The post drew a robust reaction on social media, fueling speculation that James – who has until June 30 to decide whether he will opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat and become an unrestricted free agent – could be interested in rejoining the Cavs.
But, a source close to the four-time MVP told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst that Savannah’s post is referring to the family’s summer plans, not LeBron’s NBA future.
Both LeBron and Savannah James usually spend the majority of the summer at their home in Akron, their hometown, with their two sons. Heat president Pat Riley announced last week that the couple also is expecting a baby girl.
After Miami’s season-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, James told reporters he would take a vacation with his family before considering his contract options. He is scheduled to make $20 million next season if he stays with the Heat.
James did indicate that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.