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Reports: LeBron James’ agent has Cavaliers believing they can sign LeBron

Jul 7, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

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LeBron James has remained in the background of free agency, not getting personally involved yet.

All the while, LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, has been meeting with teams. Presumably, that was just to lay the groundwork in case something went awry in Miami.

Perhaps, a little more is afoot now.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

At the urging of LeBron James’ agent, the Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing a maximum contract salary slot to bring back the free-agent superstar, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Rich Paul, the president of Klutch Sports, has been funneling belief into the organization that the Cavaliers are in strong position to lure James from the Miami Heat, sources told Yahoo Sports.

For years, Paul has confided to people that bringing back James to Cleveland has been something of a mission for him, and he’s encouraging Cavaliers officials to offer no restraint in the recruitment of James, sources said.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

James’ agent, Rich Paul, has already sat down with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in what is regarded as the first formal step toward trying to shrink the gulf between James and Gilbert after the ocean of hard feelings stemming from James’ departure from Cleveland in 2010 to sign with the Heat.

Sources say that the Cavs’ pitch made to Paul last week — which they also hope to make this week to James in their own face-to-face meeting — revolves around Kyrie Irving and the other young prospects they have, in addition to the numerous options Cleveland possesses to add to the roster over the next year.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

That is a heck of a lot of smoke for there to be no fire, but I’m not really convinced.

For one, it’s quite possible – maybe even verging on likely – Wojnarowski, Windhorst and Broussard share the same sources. A small number of people could be controlling the echo chamber.

As Wojnarowski reports, Paul – also an Ohio native – might be the most committed to bringing LeBron back to Cleveland. Until LeBron himself gets involved, only so much can be read into this.

Then there’s the little matter of cap space.

Even if they renounce all their free agents and waive the unguaranteed contracts of Scotty Hopson and Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavaliers are $6,666,564 shy of offering LeBron a max contract. It wouldn’t be that difficult to trim the necessary payroll, but the cost of doing so would likely make Cleveland less desirable.

Wojnarowski:

The Cavaliers have found a landing spot for Jack and his $6.2 million annual salary in the Brooklyn Nets, but only if the Cavs can find a third team to take on Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Cleveland is offering Thornton and future draft considerations as incentive to absorb his $8.7 million expiring contract, sources said. The Cavaliers need to unload more contracts and have made 2013 first-round pick Sergey Karasev, among others, available in deals, sources said.

Thornton ($8,575,000) will actually make more money than Jack next season. If the Cavaliers attach a good enough draft pick to Thornton, they can trade him. That’s true of any player. But it should be telling that after shopping Jack around the league, the best they could draw was Thornton. Swapping one nearly immovable piece for another isn’t progress toward cap room.

Still, there are many other ways Cleveland could clear cap space. Just $4 million of Varejao’s $9,704,545 2014-15 salary is guaranteed – though removing the last LeBron-era holdover from the roster, as Wojnarowski reported, is probably a non-starter. Varejao can still contribute to a win-now team, and whether or not they land LeBron, the Cavaliers hold aspirations for quick success.

Clearing a few mid-level salaries – the combination of Anthony Bennett, Tyler Zeller andSergey Karasev for example – would work and probably net the Cavaliers picks in the process, though they’d be selling low on those players. Cleveland has all its own future first-round picks and incoming ones from the Grizzlies and Heat if needed to grease the wheels of a trade.

Then there’s the biggest issue: Dan Gilbert.

Gilbert’s heinous letter when LeBron left hangs like a raincloud over all this. Maybe LeBron has forgiven the Cavaliers owner, but the letter was personal and cut deep. I wouldn’t blame LeBron for holding a grudge.

Even if those two can patch up their personal differences, there are still professional issues to solve.

Without LeBron keeping him afloat, Gilbert has made several missteps as meddling owner. The Cavaliers went 33-49 last season, easily their best record since LeBron left.

Gilbert and general manager David Griffin must convince LeBron they could assemble and maintain a championship roster at least as well as Pat Riley can, hardly an easy sell. Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins offer a bright future, but it would take more tinkering in coming years to fulfill the potential dynasty LeBron would offer.

Getting the No. 1 pick every year is not a sustainable plan.

Soon, LeBron will meet with Riley, and I believe these reports mostly serve as a way for the NBA’s biggest star to apply pressure beforehand. But if Riley has struck out on upgrading the Heat’s roster around LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Cavaliers’ challenge – proving they can outdo Riley – gets a lot easier.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…

    • fm31970 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      In other words, he’s playing a game of chicken with Riley, turning up the pressure.

      I bet if the Heat sign Luol Deng, James and Co. re-sign within a few days. Sorry Cleveland, you’re being used.

      • nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        Math hurts, huh?

      • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        It’s over man..good lord you’re like Baghdad Bob..

      • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Dude, signing Deng ain’t gonna get them past the best in the West. They need more than that!

      • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        And do you really think Riley was sitting for the last week waiting for Woj to write an article to get serious..

        “Oh my God I thought LeBron was just kidding..now I better get serious now that Woj wrote an article.”

        Come on man..

      • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        There was only one team better than the Heat this season. One.

        They don’t need a lot to get back and win. The rest of the West isn’t on San Antonio’s level.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        “Dude, signing Deng ain’t gonna get them past the best in the West. They need more than that!”

        That’s probably true, but does adding LeBron to a 35 win Cavaliers squad make them better than the Spurs? I don’t think so either.

    • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      More like gullible Clevelanders.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Maybe going to a 35 win team doesn’t seem appealing to YOU, but beyond the obvious (redemption story, homecoming, etc), Kevin Love to our own MN media through his agent (which then was subsequently reported by espn on draft night), he’d agree to a deal with CLE and sign an extension if LBJ went there.

      With current contracts all over their roster, all it would be is fillers with Wiggins for Love. The salaries would match and that big three of LBJ, Love and Irving would crush anything Miami could put together. And be top end for 5+ years most likely.

      • pl4tinum514 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        I’d be shocked if we traded Wiggins for Love. Lebron wants Wiggins here if he comes.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        pl4… Why would LeBron want to play with Wiggins when they both play the small forward position? I agree with purple: the only reason LeBron would (should) want to go back to Cleveland is if he knew they could pull off a deal with the Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

        Wiggins (and filler) for Love would be good for both teams: the Wolves get a great, young player in Wiggins (plus whatever filler they get), and the Cavs get Kevin Love to pair with LeBron and Irving.

        And Love is on record saying he would sign an extension with the Cavs if LeBron were there.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I hate when fans say stupid stuff like this. If Bosch’s numbers went down when he went to an actual good team, what do you think will happen with Love, who’s a horrible defensive player too btw? Not to mention, Irving’s been the main guy on a team that’s earned the number 1 pick back to back years and couldn’t make the playoffs in the worst adoration of the Eastern Conference in forever. But yeah, that’s better than what the Heat had that lost to the Spurs in the Finals. Stop saying dumb stuff because you don’t like their team.

    • BrownsTown - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      “There was only one team better than the Heat this season. One.

      They don’t need a lot to get back and win. The rest of the West isn’t on San Antonio’s level.”

      I guess if we disregard the seven game opening series with Dallas, the six game series with OKC or the five Western Conference teams with an equal or better record than Miami, that’s a true statement.

      • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        The transitive property doesn’t work with basketball teams.

        They were the defending champs and lost in the Finals. Henceforth there was only one team better than the Heat.

      • nickjackalson - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        why do I give a thumbs up? Because kinggw´s post brilliantly illustrates how such notions come to be – and without that east-west distinction miami is no more the second best team 2013/14

  2. djp141 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    This will end in tears.

    • therealhtj - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Hope springs eternal at the mistake by the lake.

    • zerole00 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Why are people getting so excited over this news? Information from Chris Broussard is as reliable as what the hobo at the corner tells you.

  3. wilmyers09 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    why would he go back he left for a reason cavs will always he a joke

    • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      hahaha Kyrie, Wiggins, Tristan, Bennett, Andy, Dion, possible 3 1sts in the 2015 NBA Draft..that’s why he’s going back..

      • zoomy123 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Are you smoking crack? Kyrie has already proven that he has no leadership qualities. Andrew Wiggins hasn’t played a second in the NBA. Tristan has never lived up to being the number 4 pick in the draft; at best he’s a quality role player. Bennett is absolute trash garbage. Anderson Varejao is about to get his $9.8 M option declined. And Dion Waiters has also never lived up to his potential + his immaturity is a liability.

        Nobody with a brain can look at the Cavs and think “championship contender in the making”.

      • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        hahaha it’s happening clown…accept it..

      • BrownsTown - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        zoomy,

        You know that all-world PG, Shabazz Napier? Did you know that he’s actually older than Kyrie Irving? Sometimes some perspective is helpful.

      • zerole00 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        lol wait, did you just list Bennett as part of a compelling reason why LeBron might consider Cleveland?

        Seriously?

      • 1friendofthepeople - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Yup because Lebron wants to play with a bunch of unproven young kids with ”potential”.

        He signs a one or two year deal with Miami while keeping an eye on how the young Cavs progress in the coming years. Lebrun wants to win titles now. He’s not going back to Cleveland… yet.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Mike Brown mishandled all our talent last year. Just wait to see what Blatt has these guys doing.

      • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Most Cleveland’s “young talent” don’t project to be more than role players. You can’t blame that on Brown. People get too caught up where someone is picked. Just because someone is a top 5 pick doesn’t mean they can play.

        The coach wasn’t the problem. The Cavs simply weren’t as good as advertised.

  4. rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Football season is on the horizon!!!!

    • hwatt - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      1 month, baby. 1 more month until preseason quenches a 6-month thirst

      • turnmymicup - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        lol At least im not the only one excited for preseason. The World Cup has been entertaining to watch but bring back the pigskin!

  5. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    It’s quite amusing to see the parallels to 2010, yet so many are in denial again.

  6. jtk1985 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Don’t forget the rumor that broke the ghit of the draft, if LeBron signs here Love said he would accept a trade and sign an extension

    • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      If Lebron signs in Cleveland sure Love would be more interested, but what would the Cavs want to give up to get Love? They’d be in win now mode. If Lebron goes to Cleveland their first round picks are going to be at the bottom of the draft for however long he’s there, those won’t interest Minnesota.

      • balsagna - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        The Cavs have a bunch of young talent and 3 first round picks in 2015.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        It would probably be along the lines of , a couple of guys to help balance the salaries like Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson and Zeller who earn $12.7 million combined next year, and then either Wiggins or Waiters to close the gap to allow them to offer Kevin Love a max deal.

        It’d be EASIER for the Cavs to get cap space for Love if they include Varejao in any trade for Love since he’s getting paid $10 million and is an expiring contract, but Varejao is a close friend of LeBron, so I don’t know if the Cavs would want to dump him.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        They’d be CRAZY to get ride of Wiggins on his rookie contract as well as a combination of their other young pieces. They wouldn’t seriously consider that, I mean right?

        Admittedly I’m not very high on Love. He’s a very good player but his stats are inflated. I’d easily take my chances with Wiggins at $4.5 ish million(and slightly increasing per year) over the next 4 years than Love at $15.7 and increasing at a much greater rate each year as well as keep the young role players that are still improving.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        Typo on my part – it would be along the lines of some of the future first round picks balsagna mentions

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Well those picks hold some value but the Twolves have already gotten much better offers, especially from Golden State.

    • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Soooo, if the Cavs are scratching and scraping just to get enough money for LeBron, how would they also give Love a max deal? I’ll tell you how…they can’t!

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        They can, if they trade for Love. The Cavs will have about $50 mil committed to the cap after signing wiggins. If they can move Bennett and Jack without taking back salary (probably by sweetening the deal(s) with future picks), they can clear another $11 mil, giving them around $24 mil in cap space. This would be enough to offer Lebron the max. If they trade Thompson (or Waiters) and a combination of picks to the TWolves for Love, they can resign Love to a max contract, and have Lebron and Love under contract while staying in pretty much the same cap situation they were in last year (about $83 mil committed, $20 mil over the cap). As long as Gilbert isn’t antsy about a repeater tax penalty, the Cavs could get it done. Not easily, but they can theoretically do it.

        It would make things really interesting in 2015-16 though, which is when Irving’s max extension kicks in and Haywood’s salary jumps to $10 mil. I’m not sure the Cavs want to pay the repeater penalty for a second straight year, though.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Could you imagine LeBron, Kyrie and Love in Cleveland. Jesus H. That doesn’t even include whatever Wiggins might turn into. If Rich Paul is telling LeBron that Love is a possibility – or if Cleveland is telling Paul that Love is a possibility – then I can understand why there would be real interest.

      The situation is still somewhat intriguing without Love, though.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        I don’t think there is a possibility of Love and Wiggins in Cleveland, though. Wiggins would be the main piece to get Love. Personally I wouldn’t trade Wiggins and whatever else to get Love if I were Cleveland. I’m not as high on Love and his inflated stats as others are.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Well you can call them inflated if you want, but you will not have a rebounding problem, or a three point shooting problem, with Love on the floor. And he may not be much of a defender, but he definitely knows how to close out defensive possessions. My only issue with Love was that he took too many threes for a PF who was a #1 scoring option, and that really hurt the Wolves at times. But that wouldn’t be a concern playing alongside James.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Love is definitely a good player. I just don’t think he’s as good as some people make him out to be. I do think he could be the second option(especially if Lebron is the 1st option) on a title winning team.

      • gatorfan1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        First off, teaming Lebron with Love would be quite a combination! There seems to be a lot of negativity towards Wiggins and I’m not sure why? I’ve seen this kid play several times and he is tremendous and is a better outside shooter than people realize, which will open up the drive for him. He just may be the most athletic kid I have ever seen on a bball court. You guys can’t comprehend the athleticism with this kid until you seem him live. Give him 2 years with Lebron and watch out.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Yeah, I agree. I can get a sense of his athleticism on TV – but I agree, for the most part with a lot of these guys you can’t really appreciate them until you see them up close.

        The great thing about Wiggins is that (supposedly) he can come in and play solid defense right away. That’s such a luxury. With James and Irving they wouldn’t need Wiggins to score and that would help his development.

      • gatorfan1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Anti:

        I was lucky enough to see him play in small venues where I was basically right on the court 5 feet away from him. The kid is special! I was fortunate to see him play against Joell Embiid, who is also a monster, and if he stays healthy he too will be a great player! I’m a big Jabari Parker fan, but both Wiggins & Embiid are special.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        I’ve come to appreciate all three of them as well. When the Wiggins hype started I was naturally very skeptical. But the more I watched, the more I could see a diamond in the rough. The odd thing was that as the rest of the country was jumping off the Wiggins wagon, I was becoming a believer. I was only looking for certain cues that I always look for, and I was convinced that I saw them. But people wanted to see more sustained greatness or total domination in college, but I guess I’m less picky about what players do as an amateur – especially in the burgeoning age of the unselfish scorer. And too many have dominated that level only to come to the NBA and do the opposite, and visa versa. So I take college stats with a grain of salt.

        I make fun of Parker’s weight but I do like him. He has the size, the shot, the heart… hopefully he checks the stomach.

        I’ve come around on Embiid too. That foot injury though… keep your fingers crossed.

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    It’s not happening. Too many reasons why it can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t. I hope Cavs fans aren’t getting their hopes up.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      That’s the problem. Rich Paul, according to credible reporters like Woj, is intentionally creating the impression that the Cavs could lure LeBron back.

      If LeBron is serious about returning to Cleveland, that’s fine, but if he’s like 90% committed to the Heat and his agent is overselling LeBron’s willingness to leave, then LeBron’s agent is creating a public relations issue for his client AGAIN. There are local reporters in Ohio who have latched onto this stuff, and they’ve been raising hopes in Ohio about LeBron returning. If LeBron doesn’t return, then it’ll look like LeBron rejected Ohio for the second time in four years, which won’t exactly help his image in his home state.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        LeBron is going to return eventually. It may not be this year, but it’s going to happen at some point. I believe it is inevitable. There are just too may reasons why it should.

  8. bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    One of the things that has to be brought up is who is the #2 scorer in Cleveland(IF Lebron were to go there)? I mean Kyrie when he’s healthy, right? Isn’t that the same issue Lebron has with Wade right now in Miami? Kyrie misses a lot of games. I wouldn’t put him in the same category as Wade(Wade’s knee’s will never get better) but Kyrie could fall into a “he’s always hurt” category if he misses another big chunk of time this upcoming season with another various injury.

    • balsagna - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Except Kyrie has has superficial injuries and is young an Wade is missing cartilage in his knees and is on the wrong side of 30. In my opinion, Kyrie is better than any player on the Heat roster not named Lebron. The Cavs can contend for 5-7 years with Lebron and how young they are. That’s not going to be the case in Miami.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Right, but re-read my comment I’ve already covered that. When will the “superficial” injuries stop? Or is he a player that is just always injury prone?

      • balsagna - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        There’s no question with Wade though. Who knows how healthy Kyrie will be. I know how healthy Wade will be though.

      • purple4life2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        The Cavs know they can acquire Love for Wiggins and fillers. That would downplay some injury risks for Irving in LBJs mind.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Cleveland’s roster has talent, but the fact that they’ve been a consistent loser since LeBron left has to be noted.

      Kyrie Irving is a terrific talent on offense. I’d actually rank him as a top-5 talent on offense. However, he’s an extremely poor defender, and he’s been that way his whole career.
      Dion Waiters is an intriguing guy who has flashed elite scoring ability on offense and sometimes looks pretty good on defense. Still, he’s inconsistent on defense and isn’t very efficient on offense yet.
      Anderson Varejao is a terrific player, but he’s ALWAYS hurt. He makes Dwyane Wade look like an ironman.
      Andrew Wiggins is an intriguing prospect, but he failed to regularly dominate competition in college, so it’s doubtful he’s an immediate top-tier player in the NBA.
      Anthony Bennett had a rookie year to forget, with injuries and inconsistent play.
      Tristan Thomas is a solid player. Not an All-Star, but not bad.

      So yeah, the Cavs have talent, but it’s not surprising they’ve lost a lot of games the past couple of years given that a lot of their talent is very much a work in progress. It’s a very young group, aside from Varejao, and a lot of players are still trying to figure things out.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        They don’t have any “NBA Finals” ready guys to go to battle with Lebron, which is almost exactly what you wrote.

        I agree with your comment. I would think Lebron wants to team up with other guys ready to get a ring instead of guys that are untested, even if they have very solid potential.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        @casual

        Lebron won 61 games the last season he was there & NOBODY on that roster was as good as Kyrie Irving or even Tristan Thompson for that matter.

        Also, the Cavs have 3 draft picks in next year’s draft, Wiggins & other young pieces like Waiters. They have EXACTLY what the T’wolves are asking for in exchange for Kevin Love.

        I’m sorry but Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving beats Chris Bosh & D. Wade hands down. Simply put, the Cavs are in a much better position to win going FORWARD than the Heat are. What they’ve done the past 4 years has nothing to do with what they can do with the NEXT 4 years.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        @bougin89

        Completely agreed. That’s why I wrote a couple of days ago that if I were LeBron, I’d want a deal with the Heat that included an early opt out after, say, 2 or 3 years.

        At that point, if the Cavs’ roster has matured, I would head back to Cleveland as a 31 or 32 year old with a solid 3 to 4 year window to compete for championships with a still fairly young corp of talent.

        The Cavs are full of players under age 23 who are still trying to figure things out. I honestly don’t think the Cavs plus LeBron are better than the Spurs, or the Thunder, or even the Clippers.

  9. kingperk123 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Just do it. LBJ

  10. kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    If LeBron wants a max deal, Bosh wants a near max deal and Wade wants a minimum of 13 million per year how in the heck do they expect Riley to add good players to the roster? Do they expect him to perform a miracle?!

    • balsagna - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Welcome to what many of us have been saying for weeks. This is also what happened to Cleveland in 2010. How do you court anyone without Lebron committing?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Multiple reports say the Heat is allegedly telling free agents that they can offer free agents like Deng in the neighborhood of $6 million or so per year.

      That’s more money than they offered to Ray Allen and Shane Battier, who each got $3 million per year to join, but those guys were old players who had already banked a lot of money in their careers playing for other teams. The Heat are trying to get younger by focusing on players under age 31, but players under age 31 aren’t as desperate to play for huge discounts as players in their mid to late 30s.

  11. dls612 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    There’s a very interesting article in the Miami Herald that gives all the details of this LeBron , Wade and Bosh leaving or may not be leaving crap. The article mentions about how Miami is a very private organization and how there is absolutely no one in those guys circle know or have any knowledge of their plans. And how everyone is desperately lookin for something to report Their agents are just doing their jobs. That’s the process. With all the stories that pbt are posting is so not accurate. If and when those three make a decision better believe the Miami Herald will have it before pbt! Stop it pbt and wait till there is something to really report

  12. zoomy123 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    PBT is a joke just like every other rumor mill. You literally just put up an article with this in it:

    “LeBron James and his camp are not talking, according to league sources speaking to ProBasketballTalk. Everything people are saying about what LeBron is thinking is not coming from his real inner circle — they learned their lesson back in 2010 and are talking less than a Navy Seal team about to head out on a mission.”

    Now, you’re referring to a tweet by freaking Chris Broussard?! Who has anonymous sources telling him what they think about what Rich Paul is thinking about what Lebron James thinks? This is insanity, lol.

  13. cruzan80 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    “in case something went awry in Miami”

    Like getting obliterated in the NBA Finals??

    Like the 2nd best player on the team play in only 60 games this season yet still looked old & tired in the Finals???

    Like whiffing on the teams two top targets (Kyle Lowry & Marcin Gortat)????

    I’m sorry but I think the Heat ship has sailed….it’s only a matter of the Cavs screwing this up at this point.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Gortat was not one of the Heat’s top two targets.

      All of Miami’s guards looked old and tired in the Finals. In fact, all of Miami’s players looked old and tired in the Finals except for one. That had to do with the Spurs offense running them all over the place. Wade’s knee and age was less of a factor. Rio and Cole and Allen do not have bad knees and they looked worse than Wade.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Yea, leaving out the four straight trips to the Finals and the nearly extra season they’ve played as a result is just something people gloss over, which is why I said before the playoffs that they wouldn’t win this year, but it’s rarely stated as a problem. Happened to the Lakers in 2004, nearly happened to the Bulls in their second 3peat.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Well it’s hard to prove so how can anyone say it’s a problem? LeBron played more minutes than anyone else in the league over the last 4 years and he looked great.

        I think in these cases a drive reduction probably comes mainly from winning a few times in a row, rather than the minutes load.

  14. bigwii - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Anyone who says Cleveland doesn’t have talent or Miami is better. The Cavs have a better core right now than Miami and will only get better with or without LeBron. At the moment Miami has nothing and with Bosh wanting his money then who knows what they might have. Most free agents Miami could sign have singled with other teams. Cavs are his best option for a future and for the present, because Miami has nothing.

  15. coltzfan166 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Anyone else smell smoke?

  16. Andee - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Is that Varejao contract the one they signed him to in hopes of keeping Lebron? Because if so IRONY ABOUNDS.

  17. 1historian - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    This is all BS – James is just getting back at Gilbert for the letter.

  18. chiadam - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Applying pressure to Riley is one thing. Urging the team and fans you already crushed once to unload players so they can offer you a max contract is something else. I can’t believe James is wicked enough to urge the Cavs to unload valuable players for no reason just so Riley is motivated to sign middling free agents more quickly.

    • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      They would only unload those players if James agreed to terms on a new contract with them. That should be pretty clear.

      • chiadam - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        “At the urging of LeBron James’ agent, the Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing a maximum contract salary slot to bring back the free-agent superstar, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”

        Um….

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Yes, just like Howard last year, IF Cleveland gets the decision from Lebron he’ll sign there, they will clear out the contracts/players necessary.

      • chiadam - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        But really, go ahead. I love when someone makes themselves look stupid when trying to insult someone else.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        If I insulted you, I apologize, that wasn’t my intent. Maybe could have worded my response more tacfully. You think my comment was stupid though?

        They will do exactly what the Rockets did last year after signing Howard(shifted contracts) to get him a max deal.

        I said “that should be clear” in my first post because Lebron isn’t going to make Cleveland dump guys on their roster and then not sign there, that’s not how that works.

    • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Lebron’s agent didn’t tell the Cavs to unload valuable players, he told them the need max money if they want LBJ. There is a huge difference.

      • bougin89 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Exactly. Look at the comments above. Chiadam won’t believe a reasonable argument.

  19. seasickcecil - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Chris Broussard was the one who reported that Lebron was signing with the Heat the day before the decision show in 2010.

    • kinggw - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      And up until that day he was telling everyone that James was staying and was probably bringing Bosh with him.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      He only “broke” it when the network he works for negotiated the rights to televise the Decision. Steven
      A. Smith was the only person I know who had it well beforehand and remained firm on it at least a week and a half ahead of that night. And he didn’t give any wiggle room on it, but rather he said definitively that was where he was going.

  20. robigd - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The “Parkman Shimmy” drove the women in Cleveland wild, then made them sick when he was traded to the White Sox. Is there a chance it drives them wild again?

  21. mannyicey - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    The Cavs are in a great position to get Lebron, though. They are young, talented and can play the “Pips” to Lebron. It will be HIS team, not that Big 3. It will be Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ll all play their positions in order to get Lebron the basketball.

    Personally, I think that the whole “Big 3″ thing soured midway through the last season. I mean, if you want to be the GOAT, you gotta beat the GOAT, and you can do that if you are sharing the spotlight.

  22. corvusrex96 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Would love to see some Cleveland fans , in jest, break out some charred LeBron Cavaliers jerseys

  23. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Lol, yea it might be wise to at least have him involved, which he hasn’t been since this process started, which tells you he’s probably not leaving unless Pat Riley called disrespected his wife or Mickey Arison wrote a crazy letter to him like, oh never mind.

  24. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Btw, Paul might want to tone down his “it’s a mission of mine” statements and other nonsense that’s putting his agenda over his clients out there. That’s how people routinely get fired.

    • marsh025 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      That’s what happens when you let your “boys” handle your career decisions for you.
      Not people who were trained in contractual law and has other business acumen.
      No. Instead, you should allow friends with personal and emotional interests in the decision handle it and advise you on it.
      Go and be the GOAT in Cleveland LBJ.
      The world is watching.
      You’d better not fail.

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