HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

July 12, 2014 Updates

Dellavedova acknowledged the Cavs would become a major NBA drawcard with season tickets selling out within minutes of James' announcement. "Our media guy said it will be kind of crazy – I'm sure we will just focus on the summer league and what we need to do," Dellavedova said. "I think it's exciting but we all have to improve as well. "We can't let him take the ball and hope for the best, our whole team has to make sure we pull our weight as well. "I'm just excited to have a chance to get amongst it and win some games." The Age

The day before the meeting, on Saturday, July 5, Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins had emailed his boss, managing editor Chris Stone. "Remember that thing I sent you in the spring?" Jenkins wrote him, according to Stone. "I think it's a possibility." That "thing" was Jenkins's nebulous pitch, made around the end of the regular season, on how to tell the story of James's pending free-agency decision. Jenkins, Stone says, didn't necessarily want to break the news of James's choice, but "wanted to tell the story in a new, better way than it was told in 2010." Deadspin.com

"I think they trust him and by extension trust SI that we wouldn't turn this into a circus," Stone says of the James crew's decision to go with Jenkins. The negative reaction to airing The Decision on ESPN was clearly still a sore spot for James, so much so that he brought it up in his meeting with Gilbert. Sports Illustrated was a more respectable outlet and had done right by James in the past. (It had done right by Jenkins, too, as it turned out. Earlier this year, Jenkins rebuffed a fairly serious courtship by Grantland. It's hard to see him scoring the LeBron story as a part of the ESPN machine.) Deadspin.com

The idea of a first-person "as-told-to" essay came from James's camp, according to Stone. They reached out to Jenkins to float the idea on July 5, and that's when Jenkins put his bosses on high alert. Deadspin.com

On Thursday, James's camp told Jenkins that James would give him the scoop. They also contacted police in Bath Township, where he keeps his home, and requested off-duty officers as security for a forthcoming announcement. "On Thursday his company requested additional staffing for Thursday and Friday," Michael McNeely, the Bath chief of police, told Deadspin in an email. "That staffing was provided and paid for by LeBron's company. They indicated there was going to be an announcement." Deadspin.com

Wiggins said he hasn’t spoken with King James since James dropped the bombshell earlier Friday that he was coming home to play for the Cavaliers. “Not since the trade, he’s probably really busy,” Wiggins said. The Cavaliers now have four No. 1 draft picks — all drafted by them — in James, Wiggins, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Bennett. Asked if he sensed an added excitement around the Cavaliers now, Wiggins said: “Oh, you can just feel it. He’s back home, his hometown. He’s going to make a big difference wherever he goes. He chose to go back home so it’s going to be a big year for us.” ZagsBlog.com

Cleveland embraced the return of the "King" as expected, as the Cavaliers had all but sold out of season tickets less than eight hours after LeBron James announced he would come back to accomplish some unfinished business with the team. A Cavaliers source confirmed to ESPN.com that the team capped season-ticket sales at slightly more than 12,000 tickets Friday, leaving roughly 8,000 tickets per game to be used for group sales and ticket plans. Shortly before 12:30 p.m. ET, when James' decision was revealed, the Cavaliers' ticket phone lines were so jammed that the team began rerouting lines in the office to be used for ticket sales. The Cavaliers sell season tickets only over the phone. ESPN.com

July 11, 2014 Updates

Cleveland embraced the return of the "King" as expected, as the Cavaliers had all but sold out of season tickets less than eight hours after LeBron James announced he would come back to accomplish some unfinished business with the team. A Cavaliers source confirmed to ESPN.com that the team capped season-ticket sales at slightly more than 12,000 tickets Friday, leaving roughly 8,000 tickets per game to be used for group sales and ticket plans. ESPN.com

Pat Riley: While I am disappointed by LeBron's decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home. The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, HEAT fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go. Over the last 19yrs, since Micky and I teamed together, The Miami HEAT has always been a championship organization; we've won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky, Erik and I remain committed to doing whatever it takes to win and compete for championships for many years to come. We've proven that we can do it and we'll do it again. Hot Hot Hoops

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