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Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:09 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 1:20 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver 

LeBron James reportedly denies that he or his camp have made overtures to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. (ESPN)

On Thusday, Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James opened up a pandora's box for rumors, acknowledging that he would consider returning to play in Cleveland for the Cavaliers at some point in his career. 

"I don't know. I think it would be great," James said, according to the Associated Press. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense."

On Friday, Yahoo! Sports reported that it wasn't just an idle thought, that James had actually reached out through backchannels to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert about a potential return.
This was no accident, no misspeaking, nothing out of context. Before mentioning Thursday his openness to playing in Cleveland again, James months ago had an emissary or two carry that message to the Cavaliers’ front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. His camp wanted the message delivered to owner Dan Gilbert, sources said, but so far, the response has been silence.

“He has started to lay the groundwork, and he’s waiting to see what Dan Gilbert’s reaction to it is,” one league source with direct knowledge told Yahoo! Sports.

The Heat, of course, were in Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena, a game they won easily, 111-87. James finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5 asssists, 1 steal and 1 block on 11-for-19 shooting in 30 minutes.

After the game, James denied that that he and his camp had reached out to Gilbert.

"It's not true, it's not true at all," James said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

When James announced he was headed to Miami during a nationally-televised special called "The Decision," Gilbert publicly accused James of disloyalty and betrayal, guaranteeing that the Cavaliers would win an NBA title before the Heat.

On Thursday, James said that was all water under the bridge and admitted that he didn't handle his departure in the proper manner. 

"I don't hold grudges," he said, according to ESPN.com. "I hold them a little bit but I don't hold them that long. He said what he said out of anger. He probably would want to take that back, but I made a mistake, too. There's some things I'd want to take back as well. You learn from your mistakes and move on."

The Plain-Dealer has reported that Gilbert will not respond to James' comment for fear of receiving a fine from the NBA league office.

James' current contract runs through the 2015-2016 season. He has an early termination option for 2014-2015 and a player option for the final year of the deal, according to StoryTellersContracts.com. He will be 31 years old when the entirety of the deal is completed.

James, 27, spent his first seven NBA season with the Cavaliers. He is averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 36.9 minutes per game this season, and he's a leading NBA MVP candidate.
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Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

LeBron is having "spotlight withdrawl" due to the current state of Linsanity. I think he'll be able to come back down to reality once the playoffs come and he checks himself out of another 4th quarter.
What's that say about Derrick Rose? He's 0-2 in the playoffs vs LeBron, losing both series 4-1. So LeBron is 8-2 in playoff games vs Derrick Rose........not bad for a guy who only plays 3 quarters. At what point are people going to start calling Rose a choke artist..........since, you know........he gets spanked out of the playoffs with relative ease by a dubbed choke artist?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Lebron "Favre" James needs to chill out with his constant attempts to remain in the spotlight.  He will never win a championship and why doesnt he do the sports world a favor and retire.  It would actually be better for his legacy as some people can then wonder if he would have won a championship, instead of knowing that he didnt.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

This stupid argument again. Jordan, Bird, Magic didn't win it by themselves. Look at the rosters they played on, Putz. You will see multiple Hall of Famers on all three of their teams.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:33 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Oh, I'm sorry.  I only clicked this link because I thought it said LeBron James got hit by a car.  I really don't care about this guy, I'm glad he is not to focus in the NBA right now.  I'm not into overhyped Asian basketball players, but hey if it takes James out of the spotlight I'm good with it. 



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:23 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

LeBron is having "spotlight withdrawl" due to the current state of Linsanity. I think he'll be able to come back down to reality once the playoffs come and he checks himself out of another 4th quarter.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:59 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

This is just about a guy who craves the attention that a story like this brings.  I think Clevelanders would take him back wholeheartedly though if it means a possible chance at a long overdue championship for a Cleveland sports team (besides the Crunch).



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:05 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Still the greatest day ever. LOL!


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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:59 am
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Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:47 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

It wasnt about the money, he took $20 million less to sign in Miami over the length of his contract. The deal is, he can't win on his own like the greats Jordan, Magic and Bird. He needed uber-stars like himself to take over late in games. Point in case Finals last year when he disappeared. And the year earlier in Cleveland against Boston and 2 years before against the Magic.
Nice player during the regular season, gets on a roll and can't stop him. But the slightest thing goes wrong and he folds like a deck of cards.....remember when Wade yelled at him in the Finals....and he choked right after.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:17 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

LeBron should have re-signed with Cleveland instead of going to Miami anyway......it's kind of late now to have second thoughts!!


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