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Tickets to see LeBron James’ return to Cleveland will cost Cavs fans plenty

LeBron James will make his first return visit to Cleveland as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21. for a showdown with the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavs fans undoubtedly have circled that date on their calendars. However, if they want to actually be in The Q to see the spectacle firsthand? Well, it’s going to cost them.

According to a report from Cleveland.com’s Joey Morona, available tickets for King James’ are scant on the primary market. In fact, only one ticket remained for the Lakers’ visit as of Wednesday morning on the Cavaliers’ official site (tickets went on sale for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday). And that ducat is (or was) running for $149.

Parties of two or more will have to pay $189 to watch LeBron, Lonzo, Rondo & Co. from the corners of the upper deck, though seats at that price point are getting scarce. You may have better luck on the secondary market where tickets start at $160 on Stubhub and $134 on Vivid Seats.

By comparison, a similar seat for the game against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 30 costs just $20.

If you want to sit in the first few rows, you’ll have to pay upwards of $2,275 a seat.

The fact that James now resides in the Western Conference means he’ll only visit Cleveland once this season, barring a Cavs-Lakers match-up in the NBA Finals. It goes without saying the chances of that showdown coming to fruition is exceedingly remote at best, and that’s perhaps being way too kind.

James of course did not inspire as vitriolic reaction in his second exodus out of Cleveland as the first time when he took his talents to South Beach. Delivering a promised and long awaited title to the championship-starved town of course helped.

Further, despite a Cleveland newspaper’s hilariously snarky headline about The King’s return, odds are the prodigal son’s return in November will be celebrated by most fans.