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LeBron James chooses the Cleveland Cavaliers

In a stunning turn of events, LeBron James will leave the Miami Heat and return home to Cleveland, announcing his decision to Sports Illustrated.

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LeBron's Miami return likely set for Christmas

Christmas is one of the highlights of the NBA regular season schedule and this year it could include LeBron James returning to Miami.

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LeBron brought Cleveland back together

LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cavaliers through a letter published by Sports Illustrated. Lee Jenkins follows up with some interesting factoids about the decision's aftermath.

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Here is SI's big LeBron James cover

Yeah, go read this.

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LeBron's Cavs contract is for just 2 years

LeBron James' deal with Cleveland will not be for the maximum amount of time. Instead, it gives James the ability to become a free agent again when the new TV deal kicks in.

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LeBron is front page news

Check out the front page of newspapers around the country following LeBron's big decision.

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LeBron got a personalized version of 'Coming Home'

When you're the best, singers rewrite their lyrics for you.

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Heat interested in re-signing Andersen

The Heat are interested in re-signing Chris Andersen, but other contending teams are also targeting him.

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LeBron's decision reveals his humanity

Why is LeBron James going home to the Cleveland Cavaliers? For the same reason anyone else does: It makes him feel comfortable.

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Riley: 'No one can fault' James for returning home

Miami Heat president Pat Riley released a statement seven hours after LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"While I am disappointed by LeBron's decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home," Riley said. "The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, Hat fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go."

You can read the full statement here.

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Even with LeBron gone, don't bet against Pat Riley

As long as Pat Riley is around, the Heat are not to be taken lightly, even without LeBron James.

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Gilbert apologized to James for 2010 letter

The Cavaliers owner apparently did fly to Miami to meet with LeBron James on Sunday. During that meeting, he apologized for an infamous letter criticizing James for leaving Cleveland in 2010.

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With maturation, the Cavs look promising

Becoming a contender requires internal growth, but on paper the outlook for the Cleveland Cavaliers is promising.

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Should Cavs trade Wiggins for Love?

The Cavaliers landed LeBron James, but is another huge move in line for Cleveland?

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The best memes from LeBron's return to the Cavs

It's a healthy mix of mocking, love and loving mockery.

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This man found out about LeBron on Google Glass

The first Truly Social LeBron James Decision! Truly!

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LeBron leaves Miami and the city might be burning

Are you sure? That looks an awful lot like a fire.

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Heat fans deface LeBron on giant mural

That escalated quickly.

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Wade reportedly 'understands' James' decision

LeBron James' sidekick has every reason to be upset by James' decision to leave Miami, but he reportedly gave James his blessing.

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Joel Embiid learned that he's a bad recruiter

The 76ers rookie really wanted to play with LeBron. That isn't happening.

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The Cavs could get Miami's high draft pick too

A reminder that when LeBron James left the Cavaliers in 2010, they turned the transaction into a sign and trade for a few draft picks just to at least get something for nothing. In the deal, Cleveland received the following:

-The option to swap 2012 first-round picks (not exercised).
-A 2012 second-round pick that eventually went to Dallas, who used it on Jae Crowder.
-A 2013 first-round pick that eventually went to Golden State, who used it on Nemanja Nedovic
-A 2011 second-round pick that turned into Milan Macvan.
-A large trade exception.

And, most importantly...

A future first-round pick that's top-10 protected in 2015 and 2016 and unprotected in 2017 if it doesn't convey by then.

So, it'll behoove Miami to tank the next two years and get good in 2017. Otherwise, they're forking over the best player in the world and a top draft pick.
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Which dominoes fall after LeBron's return?

Chris Bosh will probably land on his feet, but Dwyane Wade's future is unclear. Where will the second-tier free agents land?

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LeBron and Johnny are Cleveland's new power couple

Just two guys playing ball and all the world's watching.

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The Clevelanders who predicted LeBron's return

There were a lot of people who knew LeBron would be back, and a lot of them were right.

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The right decision

Even if it doesn't mean the easiest path to a championship, the return of the King means a young roster has the best leader it could ever hope for.

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Watch Cleveland go nuts

It was just a normal Friday long lunch break in Cleveland. And then they heard the news.

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Dan Gilbert's second letter to LeBron James

(We made this. This is fake.)

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What's next for LeBron and the Cavs?

So this just got REALLL interesting.

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The LeBron 'You Are Not The Father' GIF you need

The Decision Part II, in a single 'You Are Not the Father' GIF!

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LeBron will return to Cleveland

In a stunning turn of events, the best player in the world is going back to where he began his NBA career, spurning the Miami Heat despite four straight Finals appearances.

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All of LeBron's potential destinations stink

One big reason LeBron James has yet to make a free-agent decision: none of his options are especially enticing.

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ESPN removes anonymous exec's criticism of LeBron

The LeBron James free agency saga has made everyone antsy, including media members tasked with being on the front lines of the story. That led to an odd moment Friday morning: a section of ESPN's Chris Broussard's report on James' ill feelings toward Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous 2010 letter being removed without explanation.

An initial version of the story quoted an anonymous league executive suggesting James would be a hypocrite if he returned to play for Gilbert because he spoke so strongly about removing Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league. The quote is here:

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But using that line got at least one other reporter mad because it violated journalism ethics:

And now, the story doesn't include that quote. Instead, it ends right before it. And later, Broussard tweeted this, even though he was the one to include the parallel in his story in the first place.

Regardless, we now know what other members in the league think of James' indecision. How much does that matter? That's up for the reader to decide.

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How Bosh and Parsons gave LeBron a deadline

LeBron James may have single-handedly brought the opening of NBA's free agency period to a halt, but the Mavericks found a way to put a deadline on the King's decision.

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Gilbert's letter may prevent James' return home

LeBron James and his team have strongly considered -- and possibly even orchestrated -- a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. There's just one reported problem: James would have to play for Dan Gilbert again.

Update: The letter didn't matter and LeBron is going to Cleveland.

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Cavs felt they were on cusp of landing LeBron

The Cavaliers were very confident they'd get an agreement from LeBron James on Thursday, probably because his agent told them he wants his client in Cleveland. But no agreement came, perhaps because Miami is making one last push.

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LeBron's decision coming before World Cup

The best player in the world should have a decision on where he's playing next season before leaving for Brazil.

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Akron mayor is texting LeBron's friends for info

The Ohioans are getting desperate.

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LeBron's free agency odds won't stop moving

As you'd expect, people can bet on LeBron James' ultimate free-agent decision online (and, of course, in person). Lines shift depending on how many people are betting each side, etc. Typical stuff. This is not typical.

We have no idea why this is happening, especially given all the momentum in Cleveland about a possible return. But with James in Las Vegas as we speak at his Nike skills camp, it sure is interesting. It's yet another layer to an incredibly complex story that doesn't appear to be especially close to a resolution.

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Heat pitched LeBron on short term deal

President Pat Riley is trying to get The King to stay in South Beach by stressing the advantage of their current core.

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Dwyane Wade is with LeBron in Vegas

As the rest of the world goes crazy in Cleveland, LeBron James is in Las Vegas at his Nike skills academy. Guess who is there with him.

They're probably either laughing about the noise in Akron or plotting some way to team up in Cleveland. Or, they're just friends that are hanging out. WHO KNOWS.

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Shocking video of LeBron's announcement not a joke

LeBron James shocked the sports world with his 2014 free agency decision, which is actually just a video of a State Farm commercial from 2009 and we're really sorry you clicked on the link. Please forgive us.

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Cavaliers in the dark on LeBron James decision

If James has made a choice, Cleveland has not been told.

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LeBron's house is a haven for weirdos, stalkers

Nothing is happening outside LeBron's house. HERE IS INTENSE COVERAGE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE LEBRON'S HOUSE

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The very best use of LeBron James domain squatting

LeBron.com won't help you ... unless you're hiring.

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This is top-notch LeBron reporting

1. That's not really a golf cart. 2. That doesn't tell us anything.

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Internet panics after LeBron's fake decision deadline passes

The supposed decision from the No. 1 free agent didn't come as rumored this afternoon, and the Internet reacted accordingly.

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Cavs rush to clear cap space 'immediately'

The Cavaliers rushed to complete paperwork on their cap-clearing deal from Wednesday. Was the immediate need for cap space related to their pursuit of LeBron James?

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Are Ohio police giving away LeBron's decision?

Add this one to the list of LeBron James conspiracy theories:

Of course, this could go either way. Wouldn't it make more sense to prepare for riots if LeBron was staying in Miami? Maybe? People do riot in celebration, after all.

UPDATE: So much for this theory.

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Why LeBron's website didn't tip off his decision

One rumor suggested LeBron James' web team is already preparing to change his uniform's colors to the Cavaliers', but the theory is too good to be true.

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LeBron cancels trip home, heading to Brazil

James was going to head home before flying out to Brazil for the World Cup Final, but now he's just going straight to Brazil from Las Vegas.

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LeBron didn't take Riley's challenge kindly

Riley challenged his stars to stick around during his season-ending presser, and James reportedly didn't take those words too kindly.

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LeBron not yet ready to make decision

Check back Thursday, folks.

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Cavs hoping to pair Love with LeBron

LeBron James isn't the only superstar the Cavs are targeting. If James heads back to Cleveland, could Kevin Love join him?

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Cavs fans are printing LeBron T-shirts

But what happens if he doesn't go to Cleveland?

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LeBron discussed leaving Heat with 2 vets

It doesn't mean LeBron James will leave the Miami Heat, but it does indicate he's attacking free agency with an open mind.

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Cavs take big risk clearing cap space for LeBron

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a lot of moves to clear $22 million in cap space, and their intentions are clear. But what happens if LeBron James doesn't sign there?

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Cavs after Ray Allen to attract LeBron

The Cleveland Cavaliers are making obvious moves to appeal to LeBron James, including the pursuit of his favorite sharpshooter.

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What LeBron James' meeting with Pat Riley means

What you need to know as free agent LeBron James meets with Heat president Pat Riley and members of the Miami Heat.

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Cavs trade Jack, open cap room for LeBron

Jack was signed by Cleveland in free agency last year.

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Choose your own awful LeBron column

Whether LeBron James picks the Heat, Cavs, Rockets or... uh... other stuff, here is what sports columnists will say about his 2014 Decision.

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Why we care about Dan Gilbert's plane

According to one report, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was on a plane owned by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. According to another, he wasn't.

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Why the Cavs might be attractive to LeBron

Why would LeBron James return to Cleveland? The Cavaliers' case rests on the following points.

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Rockets offer Chris Bosh a 4-year max deal

Will Chris Bosh leave Miami for a big offer from the Rockets?

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Cavs explain why they took down Gilbert's letter

Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to LeBron just disappeared from the Cavs website. Here's their explanation.

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LeBron has a Dwyane Wade problem

LeBron's co-star is declining, presenting a complication that could drive him out of Miami.

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Is LeBron's agent pushing him back to Cleveland?

LeBron James' agent is reportedly pushing for the Heat forward to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but there are still a number of issues that need to be addressed before it becomes a reality.

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LeBron meeting with Riley this week

Riley will get the chance to make another pitch to his superstar in the next few days.

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Look who's blowing LeBron to Cleveland

Why, that's a certain Indiana Pacers player's music!

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Are Cavs the favorite for LeBron?

Would LeBron really head back to Cleveland after leaving the Cavs just four years ago?

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Cavs plane flies to Florida, Internet explodes

That plane's made free agent visits before...

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This year's LeBron derby has 1 key difference

The conditions of this year's LeBron James chase mirror 2010's in a lot of ways, but there's one very different quality that changes a lot ... and it isn't a TV special.

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Lakers GM to meet with LeBron's agent in Cleveland

LeBron James is reportedly considering leaving Miami, so the Lakers are sending their general manager to Cleveland to talk with his agent.

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LeBron's other suitors have a lot to offer

The Heat aren't the only team that can make a strong argument to LeBron. Here's why the Suns, Rockets, Mavs and -- yes -- Cavs are all in play for King James' services.

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Suns, Cavs, Rockets, Mavs alive in LeBron chase

LeBron's return to the Heat is far from a done deal. A new report suggests his agent has met with four other teams that are highly motivated to sign the best player on the planet.

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Wade, Bosh unsure if LeBron wants to stay

The four-time MVP isn't set on a return to Miami just yet.

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LeBron has the power to halt free agency

Why has there been a lack of movement in free agency? Blame LeBron James, or maybe look to his example as a way star players can exercise their power.

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Bosh, Wade reportedly taking pay cuts

The other two Heat free agents are expected to take much less than they made this year to make room for a LeBron James max contract and additional salary-cap space.

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Could LeBron sign a 1-year deal?

The Heat star is reportedly asking for a maximum contract, but just for one or two years, which would make him a free agent in 2015 or 2016. Is this believable?

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Big 3 give Heat free agency flexibility

The Heat have a window to rebuild through free agency around LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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LeBron tells other teams he wants max salary

James isn't sure about the length of his next contract, but he wants a max salary.

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LeBron, co-stars reportedly talking salary

LeBron, Wade and Bosh are said to be figuring out how much salary each would take from the Heat.

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'Big Three' going free, Kidd headed to Milwaukee?

The "Big Three" are free, and Jason Kidd might relocate to Milwaukee after the Nets denied him a serious promotion.

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LeBron reportedly wants max money

The Heat star reportedly isn't willing to take another discount.

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Will LeBron leave Miami?

The Heat are coming off a rough showing in the NBA Finals and now must figure out if they can retool around LeBron James, who just opted out of his contract. Will he stay with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? If so, how does Miami find the right pieces around them?

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Have the Clippers caught LeBron fever?

Could the Los Angeles Clippers make enough moves to join the LeBron James free agency chase?

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Superstars have always used their power

By terminating his contract and becoming a free agent, LeBron James is putting pressure on Miami to improve. It's a power move straight out of the playbook handed down by Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

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Which teams could actually sign LeBron James?

In theory, LeBron could sign anywhere as a free agent. In reality, these are the teams that are most likely and/or capable to make a serious play for King James.

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LeBron's decision to opt out, explained

By exercising an early termination option on his contract, LeBron James will be a free agent. Here's what that actually means.

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