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UPDATE: LeBron James Says He Will Sign With Cavaliers

By: The Associated Press, Ashley RIttenhouse Email
By: The Associated Press, Ashley RIttenhouse Email

UPDATE 7/11/2014 5:45 PM

The king is back.

LeBron James announced he's signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He made the announcement through a report on sportsillustrated.com.

In it, he says he still feels northeast Ohio is home.

He followed up the report with an Instragram photo of himself wearing his old Cleveland Cavaliers jersey and a message saying "I'm coming home."

James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers.

Four years ago he disappointed a lot of fans in Cleveland when he took his talents to Miami, helping the Heat win two NBA championship titles.

But some local basketball fans say those fans will come back around now.

"I feel like all the fans will go right back to him now that he's back in Cleveland because he's going to be winning games for them so they'll like him just like they did before he left," says LeBron fan Devin Hoehn, of Parkersburg.

"I think after the four years that he's been in Miami he matured a lot and I got to know who he is as a person and know what he really wants out the game of basketball so I think he went back to Cleveland for the right reasons," says basketball fan Zac Grossenbacher, of Parkersburg.

James told Sports Illustrated "his relationship with northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball."

He also said he didn't realize that four years ago when he left, but he does now.

According to media reports out of Cleveland Friday some people were literally screaming in the streets with excitement.

So it appears they're forgiving the king and welcoming him back with open arms.


UPDATE 7/11/2014 12:30 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James tells Sports Illustrated he will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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(AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Pat Riley has gotten his chance at convincing LeBron James to stay in Miami.

The person told The Associated Press that the Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, more than two weeks after James opted out of his contract and elected to become a free agent.

James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly announced who would be attending.

The person also said that it was unclear whether James informed Riley where he would play next season.

Free agents may begin signing contracts on Thursday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)


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