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2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 10, 2014 / 11:15 am

Report: LeBron James “Decision Has Been Made,” Will Return To Cavs

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

There are a lot of rumors and innuendo floating around about what LeBron James will announce today or in the coming days as the July moratorium ends and teams make deals official. Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reports, via a league source, that James is heading back to Cleveland, and will make the announcement official before he leaves for the World Cup on Saturday.

SheridanHoops.com is so far the only media outlet to announce LeBron’s Decision 2.0 with so much certainty:

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 them 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 will become official before James leaves Saturday for the World Cup final in Brazil.

James has actually cancelled his plans to fly to Akron after his stop in Vegas yesterday, and will fly directly to Brazil from Vegas. That does nothing to untangle what’s happening, but seems to cast a little suspicion on Sheridan’s report:

No other major outlets have reported James’ decision to return to Cleveland, though a growing faction believes it’s a lot more possible than it was just a couple days ago.

LeBron was mum after his hour-long meeting with Riley yesterday in Vegas, and reports have him taking a day with his family to resolve where he’s playing next season.

So far no has reported a LeBron face-to-face meeting with Cavs — particularly owner Dan Gilbert, whose comic sans rant after The Decision in 2010 was only taken down from the site on Sunday after remaining at a stagnant external link since 2010. This is a mark against LeBron returning, unless they somehow met away from the prying eyes of the Internet.

The fidelity of Sheridan’s news has to be questioned since no one else is reporting the same report with so much certainty. It’s just hard to be sure, much like Frank Isola’s report in the New York Daily News yesterday about Carmelo Anthony re-signing in New York despite his agent and other outlets claiming it’s not a done deal yet.

LeBron James is done talking to teams, and will make his decision soon. That’s all we know for sure, but if you’re a Cavs fan, it’s hard not to be giddy at the prospect.

UPDATE: Sheridan stood by his story this morning on the radio:

Only one Web site, my Web site, is reporting that LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. There is some skepticism out there, which is only natural.

When the mainstream media is not reporting something as fact, people have their doubts. And I am OK with that.

But I am standing behind my story, which I did this morning on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland on the Kiley & Booms show.

This interview got a little testy, which also is OK for me. I have thick skin. And good sources.

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  • Bob Fusky

    I’m still not sold that LBJ is a done deal back to CLE, especially after he said he was not meeting with any other teams. they have a new coach, a new GM, and an owner that pissed him off 4 years ago mightily. If he was going back, wouldn’t he want to meet with those guys to discuss the future of the team? Seems weird. With that being said, read the SH blog today, good piece on Lebron, Melo and Bosh’s free agency. Interesting points made: http://straighthoops.com/enough_already.html

  • Aj Walkin

    Please take a moment to admire the great LeBron for the special talent he is. It never gets old looking at the King’s history. So many accomplishments Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan will never achieve:

    1.Only player in nba history to quit because of air conditioner
    2.Quit on his team the year after he promises a championship
    3.Dunked on by a highschool kid and then confiscate tape
    4.Bail on the dunk contest 9 times
    5.Only able to win a ring with 2 superstars
    6.play on same team as his moms boyfriend
    7.Average 1.8 pts in the 4th quarter of NBA finals.
    8.Lose not 1, not 2, but 3 times in the Finals.
    9.Host a national televised TV show to leave his team
    10.Go 2 for 18 in an NBA playoff game.
    11.Get stuffed by a player under 6 feet (Nate Robinson)
    12.Flop every single game in the playoffs
    13.Choke 4 out of 5 finals games by dropping FG% by 18
    14.0 Rings if not for refs calling early fouls on Durant and Westbrook it threw them out of rhythm, made them play soft and sit for big parts of the game which changed the flow and momentum of the finals.
    15. bronze 2004 and bronze 2006

  • WALLACEWATTLES

    And your claim to fame and greatest accomplishment(s) were being a test tube baby and nursing on your moms tit until age 7! GTFOH you HATER! LMAO

  • Mjgeyer

    Wow you are just such a big Dbag aren’t you?
    You have nothing better to do with your life? Please go get a hobby, a girlfriend, or anything to fill up your pathetic little life.

  • 2cents

    Good for LBJ if it’s true. I figured after being drafted by his home town team, he would be a “lifer”, but now he has his rings, it would be cool for him to return and hopefully bring one home.

    Not an LBJ fan, but just like the idea of players playing for their home teams.

  • Greg Etopio

    Cleveland police told by Lebrons handlers to beef up tonight. Announcement at 7.

  • tbetter1

    After the way Lebron was treated by Dan Gilbert when he chose to go to Miami. Gilbert treated Lebron James like a runaway slave. If I was Lebron, I would never play for Cleveland again!

  • peashooter

    great response you two, just get butthurt and attack the guy that brings up 15 facts (some opinions) that you don’t like to hear. You guys only covered #5 lol

  • Bulkster *Upvote god*

    Glad Lebron is finally doing the right thing. He should’ve never left. Now, I’m ready to forgive this guy. Welcome home son.

  • ray

    but u would play with a guy whos talkin shit about lebron and told a player in the draft not to participate in drills

  • christ

    LeBron don’t go to Cleveland

  • Lloyd M. Jr.

    The Cavs should also go after Messrs. Wade and Bosh, and pillage the LA Lakers/San Antonio rosters to get some world-class players who can help Cleveland become a powerhouse.

    One more thing: Pat Riley should consider going to Cleveland himself as GM or coach.

    Mr. Gilbert: Do your civic obligation for the fans, and give Cavs fans a winner.

  • CJ

    It’s 8 pm where the announcement?

  • CJ

    Pat Riley and LeBron to the Cavs would be more than my dreams come true.

  • Daniel Walston

    Coming from a Rockets fan I would like to say it would be pretty sweet if Lebron made his decision by tomorrow.
    I would totally love him for that!

  • Dalibor Zivic

    That would be the right thing to do. He would earn back a lot of respect!

  • Dalibor Zivic

    as a Bulls fan I totally agree. He should of never left home but he would earn back my respect.

  • the carter

    You’re stupid or you’ve never played competitive sports… the end!

  • Greg Etopio

    Eat a dick…

  • Micah Spicer

    Lol mj did the same thing bro so did Tim Duncan, Isaiah Thomas ,magic Johnson, and Larry bird, and there legends, they just needed help to get rings there no I in team you don’t need to be a close minded dick about it. You will never accomplish a fraction of the shit he did no matter what you do in life, idgaf about lebron that much but I respect how hard he worked. It’s not like he’s team hopping he’s going back to his HOMETOWN where he started his career

  • guest

    Epic post. Look at all these butthurt ppl lol.

  • guest

    Butthurt much?

  • guest

    Butthurt much??

  • guest

    Butthurt much???

  • drose

    Is that you Kobe?

  • Dean Counts

    If your LeBron due you stay in Miami with Bosh and a way past his prime 3rd wheel or go to your home town that you still live in off season and your wife and mother want to return to that has a young all star in Irving and good big in Anderson who you are close to and a super star in Love indicating he would go there if Lebron does? I think its a pretty simple choice both from a personal standpoint and a basketball one. The trade for Love would be Wiggins and something besides Anderson V, Lebron loves the guy and for that reason and basketball reasons also they will throw in something else maybe Dion then re-sign Deng although they will also try to keep Dion. FYI I am no Cleveland fan

  • X

    In all fairness, it wasn’t a high school kid who dunked on Lebron…. It was Xavier University’s Jordan Crawford… Who is currently in the NBA.

  • jcsantos

    The high school kid was from the Philippines named Kobe Paras (NOT kidding)

  • SyntaxError69

    In your dreams. LMAO

  • SyntaxError69

    How could he respect you of what you did to him. DREAMING FAGGOT.

  • Tom Ross

    One thing wrong in his story already is that James left Vegas, with Dwayne wade in tow and flew to Miami late Thursday night.

  • SyntaxError69

    How could he respect you of what you did to him. DREAMING FAGGOT.!!

  • GtRnR

    How many sites are you going to post this on? I think this is at least number 5 that I have seen.

  • Chris Frey

    You learned how to copy and paste yayyyyyy

  • Chris Frey

    Lmao its not butthurt he just wasnt original. The guys got two rings hes already made his legacy

  • Lbj6 fan

    That’s bullshit

  • Glennjo

    You’re just a hater, I’m no Lebron fan but it’s a fact that he is by far the best basketball player in the world.

  • Jacob Arnett

    haha bitch!
    Suck on that, clown

  • Jacob Arnett

    Because you’re a loser

  • Jacob Arnett

    No one’s butthurt. LBJ just dissed Pat Riley and the Heat lol

  • tbetter1

    And u are an asshole!

  • George Costanza

    He needs to renew his pornhub.com premium membership, get a job cause he has too much time to post this not only here but every other news source, update his address so Obama can continue sending food stamps, and get a new boyfriend since his last one could not see any love in him for hating on Lebron.

  • Cthulhu

    I bet those dreams are a lot sweeter now…

  • Cthulhu

    What’s up now, big mouth?