For Canadian basketball fans, a nice side benefit of LeBron James's stunning return to Cleveland is that the NBA's biggest star will soon be playing with three Canadians.
Three players from the Toronto area are currently on the Cavaliers' roster: Andrew Wiggins, this year's No. 1 overall draft choice; Anthony Bennett, last year's top pick; and three-year veteran Tristan Thompson.
But there's plenty of time until the tip-off of the 2014-15 season, and reports have already surfaced that the Cavs could be dangling Wiggins as part of a potential trade to land Minnesota star Kevin Love.
Interestingly, James did not mention Wiggins, who's coming off one of the most-hyped collegiate seasons ever, in the first-person Sports Illustrated piece announcing his decision to sign with Cleveland.
Bennett was also left out, though James did give a nod to Thompson, who was drafted fourth overall in 2011, the year after LeBron left for Miami.
"I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys," LeBron told SI. "I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favourite teammates."
Thompson tweeted congratulations to James, but no LeBron-related tweets appeared at the time of this writing on either Wiggins's or Bennett's accounts:
Welcome back bro. Your city awaits you. @KingJames— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) July 11, 2014