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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.
Comments

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:04 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Hmmmm slow news day, huh?



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:24 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

It is curious why LeBron would even mention something like this. I mean,  he is not going back to Cleveland.  That bridge has not only been burned, but then demolished and shoveled into Lake Erie.  The owner Gilbert hates the guy.     Could it be something as petty as Lin-sanity getting all the NBA attention, and he felt jealous??    I dont get it.




Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 5:36 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Lebron James continues his rise into the upper echelon of unlikeable athletes with each self promotional attempt to get some segment of the population to like him. Lebron's a great player but he's won exactly as many PR points as he's won championships. The guy started with a seemingly unending reservoir of good will at 18 and has spent it all and gone into the red already.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 4:05 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Let's say he wants to go back next season n cavs want him back. There'd be no way possible right?



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:09 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Rich dude, good basketball player, wierd thoughts come from him and his mother is a trip.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:00 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

My thoughts - As far as I'm concerned, this is a non-story.  When you actually hear these reporters grilling players with questions, you can just see that they are looking for any and every storyline that they can work in.  It should be basketball, not a soap opera.  Lebron made the comments while trying to be cordial to the Cleveland media and fans because, naturally, he prefers not to be hated by the people that live in the state he grew up in and still goes home to.  Moving on..



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:58 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

LeBron is as likely to returm to the Cavs as I am to win the Powerball. He has proven that it's all about the money, just like every other NBA player. We need Wilt Chamberlain.

Pat Gray
Cavendish, VT




Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:50 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

how many rings does this pos have oh ya 0 thats right 0. I freakin hate the nba just because of dirt bags like lbj. and I uesd to love it thank god for the kevin durant's and kids like lin.



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:17 am
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

As far as I'm concerned, this is a non-story.  When you actually hear these reporters grilling players with questions, you can just see that they are looking for any and every storyline that they can work in.  It should be basketball, not a soap opera.  Lebron made the comments while trying to be cordial to the Cleveland media and fans because, naturally, he prefers not to be hated by the people that live in the state he grew up in and still goes home to.  Moving on...



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Report: LeBron denies camp contacted Dan Gilbert

Uh, Dan Gilbert hardly had a silver spoon in his mouth.  He's no Mitt Romney.


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