HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

July 19, 2014 Updates

As Irving mentioned, his next stop is Team USA training camp, which tips off July 28 in Las Vegas. He is one of 19 players battling for a spot on the 12-man roster. Beyond that, it's just a whole lot of being excited that LeBron James is on the team. "It's going to be a pleasure to learn from him," Irving said. "Right now, he's focused on his family. It's time to enjoy the offseason." FoxSports.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

Q: The more we learn about the Sports Illustrated story in which LeBron announced his return, the more it’s clear this was quietly in the works in the first week of July. When did you know you had a real chance to get him? David Blatt: When I got the job, and I was spending time with Griff [David Griffin, the team’s GM], working on the draft and on free agency, and trying to offer my insight into building the team — they made me aware of the slight possibility of bringing in LeBron. And the neat thing is, we never even mentioned his name. He was just “the guy.” Q: Really? David Blatt: It was “the guy.” That’s it. LeBron — it reminds me of that Superman movie, the last one, when he comes down and sees Lois Lane, and he says, “I’m always around.” LeBron is part of Ohio, and part of Cleveland, and Akron. So when you’re thinking about anything, if there’s the slightest possibility that he would come back, then he’s always around. He’s in the collective thought process. Grantland

Two years from now, when James becomes an unrestricted free agent again, he’ll be able to reap the financial rewards of signing after the NBA’s new television deals are cut. If the money paid by ESPN, Turner Sports and Fox Sports (yes, they NBA could have three TV partners instead of the current two, following the trail blazed by the NFL) is double what is being paid under the current deal, the salary cap will rise accordingly. If, for argument’s sake, if the salary cap rises to $100 million, James would be eligible for a new contract with a maximum salary of 35 percent of the cap. With 7.5 percent annual raises, James would be eligible for a new five-year contract with salaries of $35 million in Year 1, then $37,626,000, $40,250,000, $42,875,000, $47,550,000. SheridanHoops

July 17, 2014 Updates

LeBron James has overtaken Michael Jordan as the United States' most popular athlete, according to a Harris poll. Almost from the moment James exploded onto the NBA scene as the number one overall pick in the 2003 draft a debate has raged over who was the better of the two basketball superstars. Jordan had held the top honor from 1993-2005 and again in 2013 before being supplanted this year by James, who was ranked number two in 2013. Sydney Morning Herald

Mike Miller told ESPN Radio on Thursday that he's trying to recruit Ray Allen to sign with the Cavaliers, pointing to the veteran as the kind of player that will help LeBron James and his new team in key spots in the playoffs. Miller, who agreed to join his good friend James and sign with the Cavs earlier this week, responded "of course," when asked on "The Herd" if he was pitching the Cavs to Allen. ESPN.com

Does LeBron returning to Cleveland evoke any nostalgia for you? Delonte West: You know, Cleveland is still home for me. Cleveland is one of those cities. It's blue-collar, it's been through so much, and I can relate to all that. Anytime I been anywhere in the world, I ain't been to too many places, tell 'em I go through Cleveland. Clevelanders, you know, they just good people, man. And they deserve some greatness. And LeBron knows that and he's doing the right thing. It's great, man. It's great. ESPN.com

July 16, 2014 Updates

A City of Akron spokeswoman told the Associated Press that the city is working with the LeBron James Family Foundation to plan "a city-wide community event where everyone can welcome him home," but the details are still being worked out. Akron City Council President Garry Moneypenny announced the event during Monday's council meeting, just before members passed a resolution thanking James for deciding to come home. FOXSports.com

The much-anticipated LeBron James homecoming is actually hitting home. James is due back in Akron and will be shooting a commercial for Beats headphones at his high school alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary, this week. Staffers started setting up for the shoot on Tuesday. FOXSports.com

Really? It was “the guy.” That’s it. LeBron — it reminds me of that Superman movie, the last one, when he comes down and sees Lois Lane, and he says, “I’m always around.” LeBron is part of Ohio, and part of Cleveland, and Akron. So when you’re thinking about anything, if there’s the slightest possibility that he would come back, then he’s always around. He’s in the collective thought process. Grantland

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