LeBron James' old Cavaliers locker has been converted into a towel closet

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/3704/" data-ylk="slk:LeBron James">LeBron James</a>’ locker has been replaced with a towel closet in the Cavaliers’ locker room. (AP Photo)
LeBron James’ locker has been replaced with a towel closet in the Cavaliers’ locker room. (AP Photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to move on from LeBron James. That’s not an easy thing to do. Considering the impact James had on the organization, it’s tough for the club to just completely erase him from everyone’s memory.

But they can try.

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The Cavaliers’ locker room underwent a massive renovation during the offseason. When it re-opened, some noticed one area looked a little different. James’ old locker had been replaced by a towel closet.

Perhaps that photo doesn’t look all that strange. But when you look at some wide shots, the towel closet looks a bit out of place.

There are a few different ways to interpret that decision. Some may view it as a sign of disrespect. Instead of just giving that space to another player, the team awkwardly turned it into a towel closet. That’s definitely unusual. And even if it wasn’t meant to be negative, it’s out of the norm and is going to draw some questions.

On the other hand, maybe it’s a weird way of paying respect to James. The team knows it can’t replace him, so there’s no reason to give another player his locker. The towel closet is their way of saying no one can ever really take James’ place.

The team was probably doomed either way. If the Cavaliers gave out James’ locker to another player, that would have wound up a story. It might also put heightened expectations on that player to perform.

The only way to full understand why the Cavaliers made this choice is to think like the Cavaliers, and that’s rarely a good thing.

Instead, we’ll just wildly speculate. The real reason the Cavaliers didn’t give out LeBron James’ locker to another player is because the team is waiting for him to re-sign with them after his stint in Los Angeles.

Now that’s an NBA conspiracy we can get behind.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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