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by saying dick I assume we both meant competitor, sometimes they mean more or less the same wink.gif

Ah, got it. That makes sense.
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frown.gif blazers get steve blake

i hope warriors have a card or two up their sleeves cuz they really need another ball handler
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The Decision has been made, even though it hasn’t been made public by the man himself. LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source tells SheridanHoops.com.

 

James met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas to deliver the news, and Riley did his best to try to get James to reconsider, comparing the stability of the Heat organization to the relative instability of the Cavs, who have a meddling owner and have changed general managers and coaches several times in the past few years, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

 

The meeting lasted about an hour, and James and his advisors then met for dinner. James’ stance did not change, according to the source, but no public pronouncements were made. An official announcement will eventually be made on www.lebronjames.com, as I first reported Tuesday. The news should become official before James leaves Saturday for the World Cup final in Brazil.

 

For Cleveland, this is one of the most important events in the city’s sports history. No pro team has won a title of any kind since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964, and now there is a distinct possibility that the 50-year drought can end. James will be joining a team led by Kyrie Irving, who just agreed to a five-year contract extension, along with Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in last month’s draft.

 

It is a young core that will grow older with James as their tutor and leader, and he returns to Cleveland as a grown man who has learned what it takes to win. The Cavs prepared for the move by dumping Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller, Sergei Karasev along with a 2016 first-round draft pick to clear $23 million in salary cap room (they received nothing else in return) — the surest sign of all that they are expecting James to return.

 

For Miami, it’ll be the end of an era — a four-year period in which a superteam was constructed and went to four straight NBA Finals.

 

Why is this happening? It comes down to LeBron building a legacy, which leads us to three points:

  • There is nothing left for him to accomplish in Miami. He went there for four years, he went to the NBA Finals all four years, and he won two titles while learning what it takes to be a champion. Nobody can ever take that away from him.
  • A chance to return home as a successful, seasoned adult with a chance to deliver the city of Cleveland its first championship since 1964 is too much of a legacy opportunity for James to pass up.
  • And another thing: With all due respect to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, the best player he has a chance to team up with is named Kyrie Irving.

 

Once James makes his intentions known publicly (and the same goes for Carmelo Anthony, who reportedly will stay with the New York Knicks), the free agency dam is going to burst.

 

Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Lance Stephenson. They are all going to lock up their deals in a very short span of time, and it is going to be madness.

 

We have been telling you for weeks that Cleveland is in the hunt for James. Some have dismissively scoffed at the notion. Others have surveyed the landscape, summoned their inner Spock and said: “Why not?”

 

James traveled Monday to Las Vegas, and 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.

Fans in Cleveland have been holding their collective breath, and now they can exhale. The chance for the city’s first championship in any major professional sport since 1964 is now a distinct possibility.

 

The Cavs were the only team able to offer James something no one else could: Redemption. Let us not forget that we have reached the four-year anniversary of “taking my talents,” Jim Gray, Cavs fans burning jerseys and Dan Gilbert wrongly predicting more championships for Cleveland than Miami in his infamous comic sans stream-of-consciousness Internet post — a post that was purged from the Cavs’ Web site overnight Sunday.

 

Rarely has the balance of power in the NBA hung in the balance quite the way it does now. It was a similar situation four years ago, and we all were witnesses to how much sway The Chosen One holds over our beloved Association. Now, it is a question of whether he can turn a young nucleus led by Irving and Wiggins into championship material.

 

The man who has been greasing the skids for this epic event is James’ agent, Rich Paul, who met with potential suitors in Cleveland during the first week of the NBA’s moratorium on signings and trades, which expires July 10. Much of Paul’s work has been taking place under the radar, although there have been clues, such as Mavericks owner Mark Cuban being spotted in northeast Ohio. The Lakers had a stealth meeting Friday, and the Rockets and Suns also spoke with Paul.

 

Meanwhile, on the Carmelo Anthony front, he has finished his tour of meeting with prospective teams and was told by the Knicks that they are indeed willing to make him a max, five-year offer. His decision could come at any time.

 

One piece of business that could speedup James decision is the Mavericks’ offer sheet to Chandler Parsons, which was tendered Thursday. The Rockets have the right to match the offer, but if they match it before Bosh makes his decision, they will not have the cap space to get Bosh.

http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2014/07/10/sheridans-top-25-free-agents-july-10-edition-lebron-going-to-cleveland/

 

The rest of the dominoes will fall in short order.  Houston looks like they'll become the next superteam.

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sheridan hoops is pretty good with their info but i've seen big nba news organization retract pretty juicy stuff so who knows....
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It actually does seem like its building towards Cleveland.

Ha ha, poor Wade.
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

frown.gif blazers get steve blake

i hope warriors have a card or two up their sleeves cuz they really need another ball handler


Didn't they just sign Livingston? I think dudes a better option than Blake these days, Steve Blake has been real blah the past few years and he just keep getting worse and worse and the injuries keep piling on.
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OMG BEST THUNDERCATS REFERENCES EVARRR!!!


Mo Williams Warns Miami What It's Like To Get Burned By LeBron

"Bron had me blinded man. He wins you over completely. He makes you feel like you're his best friend. He'll party with you, train with you, dance on the sideline with you… Look, growing up I was obsessed with the Thundercats. Bron found out and he had this artist make me a painting where it was me playing basketball, but I looked like Panthro. He would call me Panthro all the time, and I called him Lion-O. We used to joke about how Dwight (Howard, then their nemesis with the Orlando Magic) was Mumm-Ra." I ask Williams where that painting is now, and he crumbles his napkin and tosses it over his shoulder, then shrugs. "I couldn't get Bron to pick up my calls for a week after 'The Decision,' so finally I just sent him a text, I just said, Lion-O would never leave Panthro out in the cold. Two days later I get a text back that says I'm a basketball player and a businessman, not a Thundercat. But that's how he is… That's who he is. He makes you feel like a million bucks and then steps over you like a bad penny on his way out the door."


thundercats.... thundercats... THUNDERCATSSS>>> HOOOOOOOOO!
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Of all the speculative nonsense I think the website templates are the most telling.
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Didn't they just sign Livingston? I think dudes a better option than Blake these days, Steve Blake has been real blah the past few years and he just keep getting worse and worse and the injuries keep piling on.

Oh right forgot about Livingston. I hope Livingston develops a three this summer
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I'm still refusing to read all that nonsense until he and all the other FA's formally announce where they're going.

If he goes, he goes. I said that in my best Ivan Drago voice as I was typing it
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http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2014/07/10/sheridans-top-25-free-agents-july-10-edition-lebron-going-to-cleveland/

The rest of the dominoes will fall in short order.  Houston looks like they'll become the next superteam.

There's still a team in black and silver that Cleveland will need a lot more pieces to beat.
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There's still a team in black and silver that Cleveland will need a lot more pieces to beat.

Pau should totally become a Spur. These players don't know what's good for their legacy.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

There's still a team in black and silver that Cleveland will need a lot more pieces to beat.
I honestly don't think Cleveland will be a title contender this coming season with LeBron.  The biggest obstacle for the Spurs will be Houston if Bosh signs with them. I'm still not sold on McHale as a head coach, but now I think it'd be kind of hard to screw up a team with Harden, Dwight, and Bosh together.
Edited by diadem - 7/10/14 at 8:26pm
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If he goes, he goes. I said that in my best Ivan Drago voice as I was typing it

Without you even mentioning Ivan Drago I read that in my Ivan Drago voice.
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