At the moment, there are quite a few NBA reporters who are predicting where LeBron James will end up this summer. But none of them are putting their necks out there and revealing exactly where LeBron will land like Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops is right now.
Yesterday, Sheridan put up a post on his site called "Sheridan's Top 25 Free Agents: July 11 Edition—LeBron going to Cleveland" that revealed that LeBron is headed back to the Cavaliers this summer. In the post, he reported that a league source had told him that LeBron is definitely headed back to Cleveland and that the announcement will be made on lebronjames.com sometime before he flies to Brazil to attend the 2014 World Cup this weekend.
Sheridan then went on to break down exactly why LeBron has supposedly chosen to return to Cleveland over re-signing with the Heat. And he has stuck to his guns and continued to report that LeBron will sign with the Cavs despite some of the conflicting reports that have surfaced over the course of the last 24 hours.
Sheridan appeared on ESPN Radio's The Herd yesterday to discuss his report with Colin Cowherd and held his ground with regards to his reporting:
And then, during a Twitter Q&A last night, he reiterated that LeBron going to Cleveland is a done deal:
.@Notorious_GIB_1 10— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 11, 2014
So why aren't more people taking Sheridan's report seriously? He's been writing about the NBA for 25 years now. He worked for both the Associated Press and ESPN before starting his own site back in 2011.
And if you remember, he sued fellow NBA reporter Peter Vecsey of the New York Post for libel back in 2011 after Vecsey wrote several columns criticizing Sheridan for suggesting that Carmelo Anthony was going to get traded to the Knicks during the 2010-11 NBA season.
Sheridan, of course, turned out to be right. And at the moment, he believes that he's right when it comes to LeBron going back to Cleveland, too.
Will he ultimately be correct? That's TBD. But it's worth noting that he's really putting his reputation on the line right now. So if LeBron does sign with the Cavs this summer, remember where you heard it first.
[via Sheridan Hoops]