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LeBron James’ Free Agency Takes Another Turn Involving Cavs

July 7, 2014 by staff 

LeBron James’ Free Agency Takes Another Turn Involving Cavs, Nothing like a little Sunday night drama from the NBA rumor mill.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard created a massive Twitter storm when he tweeted this out:

Cleveland has replaced Miami as my frontrunner to land LeBron James…

- Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014

Broussard, who took plenty of criticism four years ago for his unnamed sources on where James would wind up in 2010, is still well connected and likely is as close as any reporter to the James free agency situation.

Still, Broussard took to Twitter again to say that he wasn’t reporting anything of fact, but rather an opinion “based on many conversations I’ve had around this story.” Broussard also tweeted that he’s “heard enough to believe” that James will return home to Cleveland, where he spent the first seven years of his NBA career before taking his talents to South Beach.

If that weren’t enough — and if you aren’t sold on Broussard for reputable sourcing — Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski then took to social media to provide the latest he had been hearing on James’ free agency.

In pursuit of max slot for LeBron James, Cavs searching for team to take Nets’ Marcus Thornton in deal to unload Jarrett Jack, sources say.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Longer James has gone w/ minimal contact, more unsettled Bosh/Wade have become on Heat future. “They’re reading the tea leafs,” source says.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Cavaliers want to unload Jarrett Jack’s $6M annual deal to clear space, without touching Anderson Varejao — a LeBron James favorite.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Around Bosh/Wade, there’s uneasiness about James’ intent; uncertainty. No one’s sure — yet. Heat aren’t done, but empire’s teetering.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Once Pat Riley has chance to lay out his progress in free agency to James soon, there could be better clarity on James’ next step.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014

Those first few tweets would make it seem as though James is leaning away from Miami, but Wojnarowski’s last tweet may be the most important. James has not met directly with any teams in free agency — his agent, Rich Paul, has, and the Cavs were one of those teams — and Miami Heat president Pat Riley is busy crunching numbers and forming a plan that he ultimately will share with James on how they will rebuild the roster. Until that happens, there’s really no sense in believing James (or Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh) are leaving Miami.

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