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December 25, 2014 Updates

James is expected to sign another one-year deal after this season, which would make him a free agent in 2016. That, of course, leaves open the possibility that he could put himself on the market, and, leave again. “It definitely can happen,” says an Eastern GM. “That’s what happens when you have to trade so many assets to get him, like Andrew Wiggins [dealt to Minnesota for Love]. You’re capped out. You’ve made committments to all these players. Then it becomes no different than Danny Ferry bringing in Shaq.” Forbes.com

Miami Heat president Pat Riley did everything he could to try to convince LeBron James to re-sign only to watch him return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade didn't even bother trying to recruit James to stay with the Heat. "I didn't make a sales pitch to LeBron to come to Miami and I didn't make a sales pitch when he left," Wade said. "LeBron James makes his own decision. What is me coming to him with a sales pitch going to do? "I looked at the situation he was put in and I don't know too many people who wouldn't have made the same decision that he did. There was no reason to make a sales pitch." Yahoo! Sports

"We went to Vegas together and I can kind of tell that he had stuff on his mind," Wade said. "You obviously don't know until someone tells you. I knew he had stuff that was weighing on him. I know he had a decision to make. I just didn't know what the decision was going to be. "I didn't have no sales pitch, man. I had no sales pitch at all. I take my teammate self out of it when it comes to friendship and it comes to telling someone else the truth. My whole thing for him, which I told him several times, do what is best for LeBron James. It's a simple as that." Yahoo! Sports

December 24, 2014 Updates

Free agent center Jermaine O'Neal would be a key fit and he acknowledged to NEOMG that the Cavaliers have reached out. The 18-year veteran says he has personally spoken to a few teams, but the Cavaliers aren't one of them. Cleveland hasn't been ruled out. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavaliers will be able to apply for the disabled players exception worth $5 million. They also own a $5.3 million trade exception. Those exceptions cannot be combined to acquire one player. Cleveland Plain Dealer


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