LeBron James says he ‘obviously’ would like to own the Cavs one day
LeBron James has previously expressed interest in one day owning an NBA team. And what better organization for him to purchase than the Cleveland Cavaliers?
James revealed in an interview with The Athletic he “obviously” would be interested in owning his home-state NBA team. But there are of course obstacles to realizing that goal.
“To be an owner of any team would be crazy,” James told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, via Dime Mag. “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now.”
As James mentioned, it would require Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to be open to selling the team when James chooses to pursue an ownership stake in a team. However, rumors in September suggested Gilbert could “consider selling within the next few years.”
Whether ownership of the Cavaliers is an ultimate option or not, James back in May said owning an NBA team would be “my next big thing” while guaranteeing it would one day happen.
“Why do I want to own team? I think it’ll be cool. I’ll stay part of the game and still be able to put people in positions of power,” James said. “I’ve always loved that, putting people in a position of power to feel like they can make a change and make things happen.”
James of course has the financial wherewithal to realize such a dream. And it’s not unprecedented for an iconic superstar to pursue NBA ownership. LeBron conceivably would be following in the footsteps of none other than Michael Jordan, principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets, should he become an NBA owner after retiring as one of the best basketball players to ever play the game.