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October 12, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil. Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. Chris Bosh led Miami with 19 points. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the preseason and the Heat fell to 0-3. USA Today Sports

James shook hands with the Heat starters at the tipoff, but made little eye contact. James said in practices in Rio there was no bad blood, which was confirmed by former teammates Dwyane Wade and Bosh. "He's on another team," Bosh said Friday. "I think he'd understand that. I understand that. We'll have plenty of time to talk in the summer, and that's how it is now." USA Today Sports

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October 11, 2014 Updates

It appears LeBron James and Chris Bosh are once again friends. As if they ever weren’t. James squashed the thoughts of their strained relationship with a hug at midcourt before Saturday’s tip-off between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers at HSBC Arena. The players supposedly were feuding once James announced he was leaving the Heat to return to the hometown Cavs. Both denied any rift. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

He's had his share of high-pressurized coaching gigs. This isn't unfamiliar territory for Blatt. On the other hand, he hasn't fully experienced the enormity of what is about to come his way in coaching a team that consists of All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. "I would have come to the NBA regardless of the roster," Blatt said. "I wanted to come home. And when I came, it wasn't the same roster obviously. I had a pretty good job before. I wanted to come here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

While news of LeBron James’ $17 million listing has been leading real estate headlines, new teammate and fellow all-star Kyrie Irving has made a move of his own, buying a Westlake, Ohio, home from former Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson and his estranged wife, singer-songwriter Keyshia Cole. The 22-year-old point guard paid $800,000 for the two-story residence, found on more than half an acre west of Quicken Loans Arena. Gibson paid $1.25 million for the property in August 2009 and had asked as much as $1.1 million for the home last year. Los Angeles Times

Now that James has spurned his Heat teammates to return to Cleveland, the bitterness has shifted to the other side. James said Friday he was caught by surprise by some of the comments from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in recent days. “I know a lot of words have been coming out of their camp as of late, and some of it is surprising,” James said Friday prior to the Cavs’ practice at Flamengo Club. “We’ve got so much history together.” Akron Beacon Journal

Chris Bosh isn't playing. He is taking this game extremely seriously and James has something to do with that. If you read between the lines, Bosh is clearly irked that James decided to return home, leaving Miami in a state of disarray. Bosh says he doesn't plan on talking to James extensively until after the season. For now, he says their greeting as they take the floor Saturday will suffice. We'll see how friendly that greeting will be. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 10, 2014 Updates

"LeBron is a dominant player so if he feels like something is not going his way, he's going to say something about it," Chalmers told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "For Kyrie, he's going to have to adjust to that and LeBron is going to have to adjust to Kyrie. It's going to be a different factor for Kyrie." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Chalmers refused to elaborate on what it was like when a furious James was approaching and you knew he wasn't coming to give a hug. "Man, that process is over and done with it," Chalmers said. "It's a fresh start, fresh team, new year." He then took it a step further and claimed to have amnesia. "I don't even remember, bro," he said. "Last year is in the past. This is a new year. New me. I'm not thinking about it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 9, 2014 Updates

It shouldn't be shocking to hear that LeBron James is still considered the best basketball player in the world, as 16 of 27 executives who took part in this USA TODAY Sports anonymous poll picked the Cleveland Cavaliers star who has four MVP awards and two titles to his credit. But that they would still start a rebuilding effort with the soon-to-be 30-year-old is revealing, a clear sign that they don't expect him to slow down anytime soon now that he's starting over again in his home state — especially now that he used a no-carbohydrates, no-sugar diet to shed more than 10 pounds in this latest offseason. USA Today Sports

“I want people to understand I’m a competitor and he’s on the other team, and I think he’d understand that and I understand that and that’s how it is now,” Bosh said. “There’s no hard feelings or anything if we’re both trying to win; he’s against us and that’s a matter of fact.” Bosh is transitioning from a role player back into a franchise cornerstone this season, and part of his mental preparation for that change has been a noticeable edge during the preseason. He’s not as laid back and casual as seasons past. Miami Herald

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