It's time for The Decision 2.0. For the second time in his career, LeBron James is a free agent. Once again, NBA teams are doing everything they can to lure King James to their courts.
After announcing that he would be taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach in July 2010, James led the Miami Heat four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and won a pair of championships. Along the way, he was twice named NBA MVP. But shortly after San Antonio handed Miami a 4-1 beat down in the 2014 NBA Finals, LeBron decided to opt out of his contract before going on vacation. Just like that, LeBron Watch began.
Will Heat President Pat Riley make sure LeBron stays in Miami? Will LeBron return to the Cleveland Cavaliers where his NBA career began? Scroll down for the latest updates on where James might end up.
07/11/2014 2:09 PM EDT
What A Cover
LeBron James' return: Saturday's front page of The Plain Dealer pic.twitter.com/h8KFb6UAPX— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 11, 2014
07/11/2014 12:25 PM EDT
LeBron James is returning to Cleveland, as first reported by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated.
07/11/2014 11:24 AM EDT
Dwyane Wade left cross-country flight with LeBron James to Miami still unsure of which way James is leaning, sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
07/11/2014 9:32 AM EDT
All About The Letter?
Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine reported that the infamous letter Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote about LeBron James after "The Decision" in 2010 is one reason why it's taking so long for the four-time NBA MVP to make up his mind. Broussard wrote that a source said, "If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago."
The letter (in comic sans) had been up on the Cavs website for four years until it was finally taken down earlier this week.
07/11/2014 12:19 AM EDT
LeBron And Wade
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that LeBron is traveling back to Miami, with Dwyane Wade, before heading to Brazil for the World Cup final.
Dwyane Wade expected to be on a flight back to Miami with LeBron James tonight, league sources told Yahoo. They had been together in Vegas.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
James has plans to fly to World Cup over the weekend. Heat and Cavs expect his decision before he leaves for Brazil, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2014
07/10/2014 5:49 PM EDT
LeBron's still at his camp in Vegas, no indication he'll b n Ohio later 2nite. Still hasn't talked w/some family members about his decision— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 10, 2014
LeBron is expected back at his basketball camp in Vegas tonight— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 10, 2014
07/10/2014 3:35 PM EDT
Who knows what's really going on at this point?
LeBron James won't be making an announcement in three minutes, or the next hour, for that matter, I'm told.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 10, 2014
07/10/2014 3:27 PM EDT
Announcement Sooner Than Later?
To be more precise, no less than five police officers at LeBron James home. They were told to expect a 3:30 ET announcement.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 10, 2014
Can confirm extra security stationed on/around property of LeBron's Akron home as of 3 pm ET. @PhilTrexler initially reported.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 10, 2014
07/10/2014 2:51 PM EDT
Conflicting Reports: Announcement Might Come Tonight
Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted that LeBron's camp told police that an announcement will be made tonight.
Folks in Bath feel strongly that LBJ will sign w/ CLE. LBJ's camp contacted cops hour ago to alert them of tonight's annoucement. #kingjames— PHIL TREXLER-ABJ (@PhilTrexler) July 10, 2014
But... Tom Winter of NBC News said Bath Township, Ohio cops are not preparing for an announcement.
Bath Township, Ohio police -- home to Lebron James -- tells NBC News they are NOT preparing for an announcement or extra police details.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) July 10, 2014
07/10/2014 2:24 PM EDT
But First.. More Basketball
LeBron is now playing some basketball at his camp in Las Vegas.
LeBron James is back playing pickup basketball at his camp in Vegas pic.twitter.com/BqFOnSUJM0— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 10, 2014
Lebron being guarded by Sam Dekkar. Lock him up Badger! pic.twitter.com/TZkwQAnebO— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 10, 2014