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LeBron James | Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 250
College: None
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The NBA Players Association voted to make litigator Michele Roberts their next Executive Director late Monday night.
32 of 34 player reps and Executive Committee members voted Roberts in with a two-thirds vote being the mark to hit. She is the first woman to lead a major pro sports union and she enters the position with some controversy internally, as there were plenty reports of discord within the ranks as Roberts and two other candidates presented to the membership prior to the vote. The current Executive Committee for the players has proven to be borderline dysfunctional and we've seen flashes of that even with Billy Hunter out of the picture. In the sake of fair play we hope Roberts can keep the players from being run out of the gym again during a potential lockout in 2017. Jul 29 - 12:58 AM

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LeBron James will wear No. 23 with the Cavaliers this season, the same number he wore during his first seven years in Cleveland.

James switched his jersey to No. 6 with the Heat, but wrote on Sunday, "23 it is! It’s only right I go back." The decision is symbolic of his full-circle return to Ohio, and it's great news for fans who have old LeBron jerseys buried in the back of their closet.
Jul 27 - 2:16 PM

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson will no longer be involved in the executive director search process for the NBA Players Association.

This doesn't sound like a friendly split and it sounds like the NBPA executive committee doing the same shenanigans that led to them getting murdered during the last CBA negotiations. Johnson successfully navigated them through the Donald Sterling saga, but apparently is no longer needed as the NBPA looks at the final three candidates, who could be voted on Monday.
Jul 25 - 7:43 PM

The NBA is reportedly considering making the All-Star break a week long, which would result in one, or two more back-to-back sets per team.

"That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."
Jul 25 - 6:15 PM

Scottie Pippen stated in a recent interview that he wasn't surprised LeBron James returned to Cleveland.

"I wasn’t surprised, I kind of figured he’d go back [to Cleveland]," Pippen said. "I don’t know if he could hold that team up. I think [Dwyane] Wade’s physical ability had him thinking like, ‘Hey, maybe this is not the place I need to be.’ It was a great run for them. They weren’t as successful as they thought they would be, but you went to the Finals four times, so you can’t hold your head down too much about that."
Jul 20 - 11:50 AM

David Blatt said that he plans to occasionally use LeBron James as a stretch 4 next season.

"I just came from the land of the stretch 4s," Blatt said during an interview on Grantland. "Stretch 4s became popular in the United States because of Europe. If anyone knows that style of play, it’s probably me. Yeah, you’ll see LeBron there." James thrived as a small-ball power forward in Miami, becoming one of the best post scores in the league. It will be interesting to see how Blatt plans to use James' position versatility next season.
Jul 16 - 12:47 PM

LeBron James has finalized his contract with the Cavs and it is for just two years, including an opt-out for next summer, and presumably a maximum amount of $42.1 million.

Sources around the league had intimated that he wanted a short-term deal and this confirms that. ESPN reports that the motivation here is to maximize his next deal when the NBA's new television contract is in place, which they say could raise the salary cap to $80 million in 2016. There is also uncertainty with the current collective bargaining agreement starting in 2017, because the owners destroyed a leaderless Players Association during the last lockout. With the players all but certain to demand huge givebacks amidst skyrocketing franchise valuations, all signs point to LeBron being the centerpiece of an even more complicated Decision Part 3.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 5:43 PM

Heat owner Micky Arison handled LeBron Jame's departure from Miami with class, thanking LeBron for his time.

"I am shocked and disappointed in today's news," Arison wrote on his Twitter account. "However I will never forget what LeBron brought us for four years. Thanks for memories [LeBron James]."
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 11 - 2:40 PM

LeBron James announced on Friday that he will return to Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers.

James will spurn the Heat to re-sign with the hometown franchise he left in heartbreaking fashion in 2010. In an exclusive interview with SI.com titled "I'm Coming Home," James says, "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now." His momentous decision should have an immediate chain reaction. Carmelo Anthony and other free agents are now freed to make their own decisions, and Chris Bosh may accept a max offer from the Rockets. The Cavs also have a rumored trade offer to the Wolves for Kevin Love, which would undoubtedly involve Andrew Wiggins. While the Cavs instantly become a championship contender with LeBron on board, the Heat are left patching together their roster as they enter the post-LeBron era.
Source: SI.com
Jul 11 - 12:22 PM

After flying with LeBron James from Las Vegas to Miami, Dwyane Wade was reportedly "still unsure" whether LeBron was favoring the Heat or Cavaliers.

This non-update is par for the course with LeBron's free agency. He met with the Heat on Wednesday but he's said nothing publicly, and it's not even guaranteed that he'll announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup final in Brazil this weekend. The longer he stays silent the more frenzied the speculation becomes -- his official website has been crashing due to heavy traffic for three days, and he's had more Google searches this week than at any point during the NBA's regular season.
Jul 11 - 11:35 AM

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to LeBron James remains a complicating factor in James' decision whether to return to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com.

A source told Chris Broussard, "If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago." The letter's comic sans font has become a punchline in the four years since Gilbert wrote it following "The Decision," but it's vitriolic content is no laughing matter for James, and it won't be amusing to the Cavs either if he chooses to re-sign with Miami. LeBron is expected to announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup on Saturday, but there are no guarantees.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 10:18 AM

LeBron James is traveling back to Miami on Thursday night and will then travel to Brazil.

The Heat and Cavs are expecting him to make his choice before he goes to Brazil, according to Yahoo! Sports. He is expected to travel to Brazil on Saturday, so he'll have a little over a day to make his decision stateside. Of course, he could make his decision while in Brazil and do something associated with the World Cup -- ESPN does have a fancy set at the Copacabana beach after all. Regardless, it doesn't sound like we'll be hearing his decision on Thursday night.
Jul 10 - 11:53 PM

LeBron James has no plans to travel to Ohio on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

James has been at his basketball camp in Vegas for the past few days where he met with Pat Riley and has been visited by Dwyane Wade. Reports that he was to announce his decision around 3:00 pm ET on Thursday proved to be erroneous, and it seems the waiting game for his announcement will continue.
Jul 10 - 6:27 PM

Bath, Ohio police say they are not preparing for extra police details, according to NBC's Tom Winter.

So goes the ongoing speculation surrounding LeBron. Whether he is or is not announcing his decision in the near future, the NBA world will remain on edge until he clarifies where he will be taking his talents to next.
Source: Tom Winter
Jul 10 - 3:52 PM

Police in Bath, Ohio are expected to increase patrols near LeBron James' Akron home on Thursday after 3:00 pm ET, according to Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Trexler also mentions that an announcement is expected "tonight," although there have been no other mentions among media members about a definitive time-table for LeBron's decision. It is another interesting development in the LeBron James free agency saga. There seems to be a growing sentiment among fans and media members alike that James is preparing to return to Cleveland, but it's been mostly speculation to this point and only LeBron knows what his next move will be.
Jul 10 - 3:20 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3John Lucas
SG1Dion Waiters
2Andrew Wiggins
3James Jones
4Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Mike Miller
PF1Tristan Thompson
2Anthony Bennett
3Erik Murphy
4Dwight Powell
5Shane Edwards
6Malcolm Thomas
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood