Lebron James is bringing his talents back home.
The NBA star, and Akron, Ohio native, has told
that he will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James to SI. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."
The move comes four years after he left the team for the Miami Heat, and 11 years after being drafted by the team straight out of high school.
In four years with the Heat, he went to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. He now heads back to Cleveland to see if he can finally deliver on his promise of winning a crown for that title-starved city.
James' return is latest boost for the city of Cleveland. The Republican National Committee this week
recommended the city
as the site of its 2016 national convention. In May, the Cleveland Browns drafted highly-touted quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Browns sold more than 1,000 season tickets in the first hour after the team selected the Texas A&M quarterback late in the first round of the NFL draft.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)