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Report: LeBron James’ entire inner circle, including his wife, want him to sign with Cavaliers

Jul 7, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

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As presented, the link between the Cavaliers and LeBron James seems to be based on his agent’s affinity for Cleveland.

Rich Paul reportedly wants to steer his client back their native Ohio. But it’s not just Paul. LeBron, an Akron native, has remained close with and empowered several friends from home. His wife, Savannah Brinson, was once his high school sweetheart.

Even after spending four years with the Heat, LeBron still has strong Ohio roots all around him.

That could matter in free agency.

Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops:

a source who has been briefed on James’ free agency maneuverings told SheridanHoops that James’ inner circle, from his wife, Savannah to his agent, Rich Paul, to his best friends, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims, are unanimous in their belief that James’ best move is a return to the team he played for from 2003-2010.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

As Wojnarowski says, LeBron will make his own decision. But that decision will be based on input from those around him, including his wife.

If LeBron’s family, friends and advisors are really pushing him toward Cleveland, that means something. It just doesn’t mean everything.

148 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. doctordunkenstein - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Cavs fans bout to be the most hated in the league again in a couple months…heat fans, you might be relieved of the duty shortly

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Huh?

      All the heat fans will become Cav fans…

      so we may continue hating them…

    • npr772013 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Does it matter if you are the most hated team if you are doing well? There’s always going to be jealousy from regular folks who envy athlete’s money, fame, physiques…the little man is always going to hate..

      • muhangis - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        The little man??

    • explosionsauce - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I’d actually like Lebron more if he went back and tried to finish what he started.

  2. zinger92 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Didn’t cleveland just HATE lebron like a month ago? Now with all these “reports” of him coming back their all in LOVE with him. There’s something called loyalty, and Lebron has none. If he does return it will be false loyalty. Maybe they’ll win one, maybe not. They would still be an average team if they played in the west.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    In case you didn’t know MeBron is a complete d-bag, please see the photo accompanying this article for detailed evidence.

  4. loungefly74 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    if i was a Miami fan…i’d be praying to keep them intact as they are so good right now…just only a few tweeks need to be done. i went thru the same feelings after the Lakers got killed in the Finals by the Pistons…hoping Shaq would stay…but we all know what happened.

  5. chrisanderson2013 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Chris Bosh didn’t have to come in and know how to win. The Heat already had players Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade and a front office of Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley. The Cavs don’t have the pieces in place the Heat had in 2010 or now. The guys I mentioned are not going anywhere. There’s no way I would go back to Clevland for less money and a horrid front office. I think it’s all about to fall into place. The Heat just signed McRoberts for 23 million.(Wouldn’t have been my first choice) But who am I to question Riley?

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      But he also got Granger for 2//$4.2 million, a bargain.

  6. jetslakersfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I think LBJ leaves the Heat. What people are over looking is I would bet James is taking into account Wade knee problems.

  7. zukny1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Lebron, Wiggins, Irving, Anthony Bennett, Tristian Thompson, & Waiters.

    All those top 5 draft picks and the cavs will still lose! BOOK IT

  8. rajbais - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    One “source who has been briefed on James’ free agency maneuverings” is just that, one source.

    Let me know if it’s 2-3 credible ones.

    Based on this signing period it seems that the signing day should be august 1.

    • rohlo - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      regardless cleveland is not a destination city..lebrons inner circle tryign to make decisions for him was his downfall also in his cleveland days…his entourage ruled the coup and ran the arena while gilbert and co let them run the asylum. tell me what has kyrie irvign accomplished in this league??? wiggins is unrpoven and no high caliber free agents are gonna go to cleveland..point blank nobody wants to go there!! players families dont wanna go there either! this will be lebrons highest possible salary he could ever get as he is in his prime..the next contract opportunity will not be as high as he can get now..he said he isnt takign a pay cut why would he take one to go to cleveland??even if it is his home state!! clevalnd fans are setting themselves up for another dissapointment!! they really are,and dont be mad if he turns down the cavs this time as cavs fans you have ste yourselves up believing everything you hear i nthe media and the hype…it normally never goes the way the media is hyping it up to be..dont you remember last time the knicks,lakers were the teams favored to sign lebron!! comign soon the cleveland dissapointment 2.0!!! except this tiem they can blame themselves and not lebron!! lebron hasnt come out and said cleveland is possible at all,it has all been specualtion!

      • rajbais - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        No worries. I think a lot of these guys are trolls anyways.

        Also, Dan Gilbert has been a terrible owner ever since he fired Danny Ferry. Why work for a man of mediocrity when Ferry can at least get two teams to the playoffs. Ferry is a guy I like because I think he does more things correct than incorrect and can get teams into the playoffs.

  9. thegoodfight12 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    If LeBron wants to improve his legacy then he should bolt the Heat (namely Wade) right now. Even if the Heat win 2 to 3 more titles w/ the current core, D-Wade will still have 1 more ring than LeBron. If I was an athlete trying to be known as the GOAT I would want to have the most rings out of the elite players from my era. When looking back at this era people are going to point out the fact that D-Wade won a title w/out LeBron (on a team not much better than those Cleveland teams btw) and LeBron couldn’t w/out Wade. I think that’s quite a blemish on the resume for GOAT.

    • rohlo - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      bolting the heat for the cavs he wont get a shot at another title!! its not liek a big 3 scenario there.you have a young unaccomplished guy in irving and a bunch of decent young talent and a rookie thats unrpoven in wiggins and a bust in bennett!! if lebron goesto the cavs the pacers and bulls will have a direct path to the east finals!! the bulls and pacers will be the 2 best eastern teams!

      • coldwater32301 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Same could be said about MJ he couldn’t of won it without Pippen…

      • thegoodfight12 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        Had Pippen won a title in the MJ baseball years then I could see your point. I think honestly if LeBron is as historically great as he is said to be (which I think he is) then that Cavs team would be by far the best team in the East. Plus a few stray veteran contracts would find their way to Cleveland to improve the depth I’m sure. I think what kills the whole Cleveland deal is the coach but LeBron did sign with the Heat to play for an unproven Spoelstra so I guess you never know. I see him going back to Miami on a shorter term deal. Which puts a lot of pressure on D-Wade next year to be worth his contract.

  10. raygutierrez2000 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I feel so bad for The Cleveland Fans. There is no way LBJ will return to lowly Cleveland. Why would he? Small market, small exposure, winter, lose his South Beach Home, kids go to the best private school in the country. Every story about his agents and his wife wanting to return to Ohio is FICTIONAL. There is no such thing happening…Don’t you get it? This is not Lebron’s doing, it is a bunch of clueless reporters that are creating these false stories, just to get their names in print. If you are a little smart, you would ask yourself, WHY?????
    The answer is he wouldn’t. I am sorry Cleveland, but you don’t rock.

    • genuine30096 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Oh yeah? I guess u were … uh… uh… wrong. But u got your moniker in “print”.

  11. raygutierrez2000 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Cleveland heading for the Lebron crash # 2

  12. jtp13 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    2014-15 Cavs – LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and Co.

  13. elcapitan1019 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Gordon Hayward called Cleveland “Gotham City” Bwa ha ha ha ha !! That’s how NOT to get a max contract, Gordon.

  14. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    It doesn’t mean anything actually because I’m sure his buddies liked Cleveland better where they were big fish in the small pond whereas you see a celebrity a minute in Miami, and his wife I’m sure likes the local groupies in Cleveland better than the ones on South Beach, and I’m not knocking Ohio women before anyone even says so, but the Miami women are definitely overall hotter. James will never play for Gilbert again. Maybe if they had a different owner, this would be a possibility, but with the used car salesman still at the helm, it’s just not going to happen. Couple that with the fact that Wiggins basically plays the same position as him, and this is just some reaching going on to get some clicks on a blog.

    • genuine30096 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Another one got it wrong. I like 2 see know it alls … uhm… uhmmmm …. well, just get it wrong.

  15. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Has Gilbert publicly gotten on his knees to beg the King for forgiveness? Because he is not coming back till Gilbert eats some crow. And by “some”, I mean all!

    • realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Yep, I love how that’s just glossed over. Dude basically acted like he owned him when he left. Seeing how James reacted to the Donal Sterling mess, this isn’t happening. Really, there are not many compelling landing spots for him as there were last time because anywhere he’d go isn’t going to be as good as the Spurs, which is his goal for the Heat, so it would be his goal if he was to leave. I think the fact that he’s been on vacation and hasn’t veven been directly involved with the little talks going on with his agent should tell you where his head is at.

    • daddyb1gdrawz - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Gilbert has said he would change some of the wording in his letter but never apologized. They just took the letter down yesterday. It was up 4 years!?!? Really!!! The NBA obviously wants Bron to go back to Cleveland. They did everything they could in giving them all those picks. The Miami has one thing Cleveland does not have, Pat Riley.

  16. campcouch - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Wow,again Cleveland is hated. Haven’t been cleaning up on titles,poaching players or causing earthquakes. Even with the #1 pick,they haven’t selected the best player available,just the player needed for the team. Now a rumor pops up and the rage increases. Shocking. People born somewhere like the place they were raised. Wonder why, owners and GMs have to fly to cities like Philly, Cleveland, Newark and Indy to sign players? Because players go home after the season. Guys like living in their hometowns, winter and palm trees don’t matter. Their families and friends are still there. When a guy goes to a team he doesn’t bring grandma, auntie, uncle Joe, cousins, all of friends or the same with his wife if he’s married. I know it’s stunning that LeBron would consider returning to his house in Akron to endure…snow for a few months out of the year. Those 41 home games indoors are murder and his mansion is probably drafty. People underestimate the draw of ones home. Larry Bird went back to Indiana to run the team instead of lobbying for a job in Boston, Michael Jordan lived in NC during the offseason and returned to own a team there. People like home…except Melo, his love for NYC is limited to the school year. This probably won’t happen, so have some tea and relax. If it does, have some beer and rage and move on with your life.

  17. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Wait wait wait. What about Savanah’s acai, smoothie, granola store? Who is gonna run that shop when the first family of hoops is back in Cleveland?

  18. mazblast - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Cavs fans are just setting themselves up for more heartbreak.

    And LeBron really, really, really needs to get someone to dress him well, and to stop wearing shades indoors. The oversized pimp look is absurd.

  19. seasickcecil - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    During Lebrons meeting with Riley He will say” Pat I was going to come back and sign with you but this thing where you put 5 pounds of lard on your head every day is creeping me out. I’m outta here”

  20. balsagna - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    And the Haywood contract has nothing to do with this year, I am saying that if Lebron does come home the Cavs can continue to improve the roster PAST this year. Miami is in trouble. They have very little they can do.

  21. kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Except for the fact that no major free agent wants to go to Cleveland. That was the problem his first go round, remember.

  22. thraiderskin - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Don’t the Cav’s have multiple 1st round picks in next year’s draft too?

  23. wlubake - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    That would change with LeBron and Kyrie there. Plus they could get another big piece via trade or watch Wiggins hopefully develop. Winning is attractive, even if Cleveland isn’t.

  24. cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Kyrie Irving just signed a 5 year extension.

    That would be better than anyone he played with the last time he was in Cleveland & THAT team won 61 games.

    Guess it depends on what “facts” you want to look at huh….

  25. cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    @kingw

    Kyrie Irving just signed a 5 year extension.

    That would be better than anyone he played with the last time he was in Cleveland & THAT team won 61 games.

    Guess it depends on what “facts” you want to look at huh….

  26. 00maltliquor - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Their probably not gonna need a major FA anymore. With LBJ and Kyrie having max contracts and the inevitable max coming to Wiggins, they won’t have any room to go afyer big names.

  27. bucrightoff - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Hence why the NBA rigged the lottery several times to give Cleveland talent.

  28. campcouch - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    true,but even the rest of the league seems to have that issue. barring this current FA period, the major free agent moves the past 4 years have involved Miami and Houston. Everyone else has been traded for or re-signed with their current teams.

  29. kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    You mean the same Kyrie Irving that couldnt take his team to the playoffs? That team that won 61 games has nothing to do with this iteration of the Cavs. Besides that’s one person. Lets be real here, if Irving was restricted and couldn’t go anywhere else.

    Irving is good, but the rest of the supporting cast isnt and none of them know how to win in the NBA.

  30. antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Chris Bosh knew how to win in the NBA? Look, if LeBron is there, they’re going to win some games. That supporting cast is going to have to learn about performing on the big stage pretty quickly. If they can’t do it, then they can’t do it – but they’re going to get the opportunity to try.

  31. cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    @kingw

    “Irving is good, but the rest of the supporting cast isnt and none of them know how to win in the NBA.”

    True….unless they sign Lebron James.

  32. kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    By the time Bosh signed with the Heat was a six year vet, he had been to two playoff series and was in the beginning of his prime.You are comparing apples and oranges.Irving is good, but he’s nowhere near his prime and all he’s known in the NBA is losing. I never said they weren’t going to win games, I just don’t believe they’d be playing June.

  33. antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Bosh went to the playoffs in his 4th and 5th year and lost in the first round both times. Cmon… before Miami, all Bosh knew was losing as well.

    Besides, it was only Irving’s 3rd year and he was a lot better in his first three seasons than Bosh was. But there’s no reason to try to denigrate a player like Kyrie. He’s very good. He was deserving of the #1 pick. He earned his All-Star MVP and Rookie of the Year award. He is a star caliber player. He shouldn’t have any issue figuring out how to perform in the playoffs.

  34. cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    @king

    All of your post are vastly underestimating Lebron James & the Cavs current roster.

    Kyire Irving is a straight up star. Is he good enough to carry a team into the playoffs year by year? Meybe not, but guess what…there’s only about 5 players in the entire league who can.

    Lebron won 50 games & got to the Finals in 2007 with nothing but scrubs. In 2010 he won 61 games with Mo Williams as his second best player….lemme let that sink for a minute….MO WILLIAMS.

    That same team with the only significant t departure being James won 19 games….19!

    Now you’re trying to convince everyone that in an even weaker Eastern Conference than the won he played against with the Cavs that Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins & Dion Waiters plus James CANNOT compete for a title next season??? That theory is just completely void of logic man.

    I haven’t even touched on the fact that they also have a great shot at trading for Kevin Love as well.

    Here’s the WORST possible starting lineup for the Cavs with Lebron:

    Varejao 8.4 ppg 9.7 rbs
    Thompson 11.7 ppg 9.2 rbs
    James 27.1 ppg 6.9 rbs
    Waiters 15.9 ppg 3.0 ast (or #1 pick Wiggins)
    Kyrie Irving 20.8 ppg 6.1 ast

    That’s talent, size & youth. The Heat won 21 more games than the Cavs this past season. LBJ is good for 20 more wins on any team in this league.

    Aside from all those factors you seem to be missing the biggest issue…the Heat. Simply put, they can’t put together a better team going forward than the Cavs can. It’s really not that hard to see…unless you’re a Heat “fan” of course.

  35. rohlo - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    cleveland fans setting themselves up to be dissapointed again!! didnt you all learn from the last time???? unless you hear it out of lebrons mouth you should just take it with a grain of salt!! why set yourself up to be possible dissapointed liek last time? smh

  36. raygutierrez2000 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Waiters and Thompson are going to take you to The Finals??? Really? Wow kid you must believe in miracles. Lebron ain’t going…. wake up.

  37. factoryofmadness - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    You need to become a citizen of the United States of Ammmurica to state what you say. Chances are you are worried and scared he will leave the team you migrated too from your foreign country. I get it, you want to fit in with us Americans, Its normal. But please remember, there was plenty of basketball being played before you filled up your raft and drifted to the states. You have no clue of anywhere else but Miami. So please pack up your dress shoes that you were with no socks and you pastel pants and go back to where you came from. Ohio, or anywhere else but Miami do not care about your opinions.

  38. muhangis - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    One of the few actually rational and non-negative comment here.

  39. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Hate to point out facts, but there’s a big difference between going to the playoffs in an Eastern Conference that was relatively okay (Orlando, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Larry Brown’s Bobcats) versus earning the number 1 overall pick back to back years (this year in a historically weak Eastern Conference where teams as much as 12 games under .500 made the playoffs) when you’re the lead dog, lol. I mean, are you serious with that statement that there’s not a big difference between Bosch and Irving at respective times in their careers or is that the Heat hatorade coming out, lol?

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