HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

October 31, 2014 Updates

Prior to James’ arrival in Miami, the organization was losing money. However, following The Decision in 2010, James helped a struggling Miami franchise increase team revenues by 52 percent over four years. Considering where the Heat were in team value and revenue before James arrived in South Beach, the $67 million they paid him over four years wasn’t a bad investment. The Fields of Green

In the end, James will make the ultimate call in Cleveland, but remember something: He doesn’t have the leverage with a one-year contract that people want to believe. He committed to a short contract so he could cash into that new television booty, but whatever is threatened for the sake of leverage – directly or indirectly – James can’t leave Cleveland again. His image, his brand, couldn’t survive the fallout. Once James returned, make no mistake: he signed a lifetime contract with the Cavaliers. This time, it’s in blood. Yahoo! Sports

As the season unfolds, the Klutch Sports client most are watching closest is deposed Golden State coach Mark Jackson. He has bounced agent to agent in his brief coaching career, but landing with Paul raised the suspicions of Jackson’s motives: Does Jackson think Paul can simply wedge him into the Cavaliers’ job? Most believe that James is too smart to ever want a coach who spends far more time retweeting Twitter praise for himself than preparing his basketball team, but Jackson shouldn’t be underestimated as one of the sport’s great self-promoters. And make no mistake: If the Cavaliers struggle, it won’t be James and Kevin Love taking the blame. It’ll be coach David Blatt, who understands – even embraces – the burden. Yahoo! Sports

Most agents and business associates of key Cavaliers players are on full alert to keep clients out of the tentacles of Klutch. The Klutch sales pitch has been predictable: Come with us, get paid with the Cavaliers. As much as anything, James has set up Rich Paul with a sweet gig: Paul doesn’t negotiate the contracts for clients, nor does he do the marketing for LeBron James. Those jobs belong to Mark Termini and the Fenway Sports Group, respectively. Nevertheless, Paul is the personable frontman, the secondary recruiter behind James himself. Yahoo! Sports

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in both points (22) and assists (seven), but pointed to his four turnovers as proof that he needs to work with coach David Blatt in executing the plays that are being called. "For us, it's just a better communication between me and Coach Blatt," Irving said. "That's basically what it boils down to. I'm his point guard out there, and some things that I see, you know, he has plays in his mind and I have plays in my mind as well. "We're just going to continue to grow. It's a process. Within practice, we kind of switch on and off [calling the plays], but for us it's about what's going on out there on the court and what he sees and what I see, and hopefully we can get on the same page pretty soon." ESPN.com

Following LeBron James' "Cramp Game" in the NBA Finals last season against the Spurs, much was made of the hydration formula he was using in the sweltering, AC-less AT&T Center. Gatorade took a shot on Twitter following the event, and it seems the players have made their choice. During LeBron's first game back as a Cavalier, against the Knicks, a Cavs' employee could be seen pouring Gatorade into a Powerade bottle. Now, it should be pointed out that Gatorade is an official sponsor of the NBA, but nonetheless, the unintentional irony is hilarious. Sporting News

October 30, 2014 Updates

Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on Thursday expressed regret and remorse regarding inappropriate messages he sent out in 2011 on the social media site Twitter. On Wednesday night, Deadspin published a series of tweets from Lillard that were unearthed by a user on the website imgur. The fishing expedition to find salacious tweets from a host of NBA players "before they were stars" netted a host of messages containing unsavory language and inappropriate comments. Everyone from MVP Kevin Durant to Paul George was featured. Deadspin posted six tweets from Lillard, four of which were written in June 2011, the summer before Lillard's senior season at Weber State. They were directed at Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James, who then was playing in the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Heat in six games in an upset and Lillard, then a young fan of the Heat, was displeased with the outcome and James' play. Oregonian

Imgur user Nbaplayertweets has dug up a treasure trove of long-forgotten tweets from NBA players. Some were from before Twitter was a "thing," others from tender-aged college students before they made it big. Our favorite is the rampage then-Weber State student Damian Lillard went on against LeBron James: Deadspin.com

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert were back in the same building Wednesday on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, and they shared the same sunny outlook about their relationship that turned ice cold in a very public fashion four years ago. "I think it's really good," James said when asked about his rapport with the Cavs' owner. "We had one bad moment, and it just overshadowed all the great times we had together, and now we're back together. "We both have something in common: That's to bring a championship back to this city, and that's what it comes down to. That's what our thrive is, that's what our drive is, and we have an opportunity and we have an obligation to represent this team and this franchise the right way." ESPN.com

October 29, 2014 Updates
October 28, 2014 Updates

L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!! Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up. FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country. "I want rights to all their kids," Doc said. TMZ.com

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