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Report: LeBron James’ entire inner circle, including his wife, want him to sign with Cavaliers


As presented, the link between the Cavaliers and LeBron James seems to be based on his agent’s affinity for Cleveland.

Rich Paul reportedly wants to steer his client back their native Ohio. But it’s not just Paul. LeBron, an Akron native, has remained close with and empowered several friends from home. His wife, Savannah Brinson, was once his high school sweetheart.

Even after spending four years with the Heat, LeBron still has strong Ohio roots all around him.

That could matter in free agency.

Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops:

a source who has been briefed on James’ free agency maneuverings told SheridanHoops that James’ inner circle, from his wife, Savannah to his agent, Rich Paul, to his best friends, Maverick Carter and Randy Mims, are unanimous in their belief that James’ best move is a return to the team he played for from 2003-2010.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

As Wojnarowski says, LeBron will make his own decision. But that decision will be based on input from those around him, including his wife.

If LeBron’s family, friends and advisors are really pushing him toward Cleveland, that means something. It just doesn’t mean everything.

Report: Mavericks believe they’ll miss out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will try to sign Chandler Parsons

Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks met with Carmelo Anthony. They met with LeBron James’ agent.

Mark Cuban – relying on the pull of Dirk Nowitzki – has done an excellent job positioning Dallas as potential destination for premier free agents. From Deron Williams to Dwight Howard, the Mavericks have struck out lately, but at least they’re drawing looks.

Unfortunately, this year will likely bring more letdown for Dallas. Melo’s top two options appear to be the Knicks and Lakers, and the Heat and Cavaliers seem to lead the LeBron race.

So, what’s next for the Mavericks?

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Dallas, believing it will likely lose out on both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, will attempt to sign Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets. The Mavericks also have Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in their sights, sources said.

Parsons is a restricted free agent, meaning the Rockets can match any offer he receives. If LeBron and Melo have already signed, Houston would very likely match any offer for Parsons. But if those two stars are still in play, the Rockets would have to think long and hard about matching a big offer.

I’m not convinced Parsons would put Houston in that position. He was slated to earn less than $1 million this season. The Rocket did him a favor by declining his team option and letting him become a free agent, one can draw around $10 million per year. In exchange, maybe he agreed to wait to sign an offer sheet.

But if Parsons gets impatient and wants a guaranteed high salary, the Mavericks sure could make things interesting if they’re out of the Melo/LeBron sweepstakes before Houston.

Report: Lakers and Mavericks interested in Lance Stephenson if they strike out on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are keeping NBA free agency in a holding pattern. Those two are so much ahead of the rest of the field, teams will wait for them before pursuing fallback options.

Melo will likely choose his new team soon, though LeBron could take much longer.

Whenever it shakes out, Lance Stephenson – unhappy with the Pacers’ five-year, $44 million contract offer – will get plenty of looks.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Stephenson has drawn interest from the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, though both teams have other free agents prioritized above Stephenson, according to sources.

The Lakers are one of the top contenders for Melo, so getting him would likely take them out of the race for Stephenson. But if Melo returns to the Knicks or anywhere else outside Los Angeles, I love the idea of Stephenson on the Lakers.

The Lakers owe the Phoenix a top-five protected first-round pick next season, and I doubt they tank hard enough to keep that. With their high ticket prices and big sponsorship deals, they need to be competitive.

Offer Stephenson a two-year max contract with the second year fully unguaranteed. He’d make the Lakers better, and he’s one of the NBA’s most exciting players, too. He’d also have huge trade value even if he tanks due to that large expiring contract.

The Mavericks would also make an interesting suitor with Jose Calderon, traded to the Knicks, vacating a starting backcourt spot. Stephenson and Monta Ellis can both handle on-ball duties, though I’m not sure they combine into a capable point guard. Dallas has made a habit of finding undervalued free agents, so I’d guess Stephenson signs there only if the market dries up elsewhere.

Of course, Indiana remains in the mix to retain its near-All-Star.

Since I last covered how much the Pacers can pay Stephenson, they signed Lavoy Allen. Assuming Allen is on a one-year contract, I projected Indiana can offer Stephenson just $38,445,570 over five years – $15,445,570 to remain below the luxury-tax line.

The good news for the Pacers? Stephenson is in no rush. That should give Larry Bird time to shop Roy Hibbert or take other cost-saving measures.

Small moves like waiving Luis Scola, waiving Donald Sloan, waiving Shayne Whittington, stretching Ian Mahinmi and/or waiving Allen if his deal isn’t fully guaranteed might create room for Indiana to increase its offer to Stephenson.

But if the Pacers are unwilling or unable to appease Stephenson, he’ll have other options.

Report: Mike Miller met with Nuggets Sunday, but they are a long shot

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Mike Miller is one of the free agents in the bottleneck behind Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James’ decisions — once those two make moves the other dominos will start to fall quickly.

The Memphis Grizzlies want Miller to return but a number of very good teams — Oklahoma City, Houston, Portland — have reached out.

You can add the Nuggets to that, reports ESPN 92.9 in Memphis.

As he waits out free agency, Grizzlies’ free agent Mike Miller will visit the Denver Nuggets Sunday and Monday, a source told 92.9 FM ESPN Saturday morning….

Denver does have a mid-level exception available, though using it would likely put the Nuggets into the luxury tax. The Grizzlies, according to the source, had an initial offer of two years and annual salary between $2.4 and $2.9 million. Though Miller has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay in Memphis, he is also looking for more security in what will likely be his last multi-year deal.

Miller was healthy last season and played in every Grizzlies regular season and playoff game, averaging 7.1 points a game and shooting 45.9 percent from three. Still, at age 34 and having not played more than 59 games in the previous five seasons as he battled a variety of injuries, giving him more than a two-year deal would be foolish. A team that only wanted to offer one might be smart.

Also, hard to see the Nuggets going into the luxury tax. However, if they get everyone healthy next season — Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee basically missed the entire season — and with the addition of Arron Afflalo they are an interesting and potentially dangerous team in the West.

Cavaliers finally remove Dan Gilbert’s LeBron James letter from website

LeBron James

Not long after LeBron James announced he was taking his talent to South Beach during The Decision, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote a jarringly personal and spiteful letter about LeBron. Among the excerpts:

  • “Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.”
  • “This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.”

The Cavaliers posted the letter to their official website with the URL http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/news/gilbert_letter_100708.html. For nearly four years – through at least yesterday – it remained hosted there. As of February, Gilbert still said he didn’t regret the letter.

Now, it’s gone, replaced by links to news stories from journalistic outlets. Those links are preceded by a warning – “**NOTE: The news clips and articles listed don’t necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of the Cleveland Cavaliers or their Basketball Operations staff, partners, or sponsors.**” – but many of the articles discuss the possibility of the Cavaliers’ luring LeBron back to Cleveland.

I don’t know what role Gilbert had in the letter remaining up so long or coming down in recent hours. Managing the team’s website is certainly below the pay grade of an NBA owner, but Gilbert is personally invested in controlling this message – whether it’s exiling LeBron four years ago or welcoming him back now.

From LeBron’s perspective In 2010, the letter further divided him and Clevelandand it reportedly did more than that.

If the Cavaliers are to sign LeBron, a lot of healing must take place. Removing the letter from their website was one small step in that direction.