HoopsHype Dan Gilbert rumors

December 1, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission have submitted a bid to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. Cavaliers Chief Executive Officer Len Komoroski and President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission David Gilbert both confirmed to Northeast Ohio Media Group that the bid has been placed. Cleveland Plain Dealer

New York is hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2015, followed by Toronto in 2016, leaving vacant slots in 2017 and 2018. Based on recent studies of other cities that have hosted the All-Star Game, Gilbert estimates the city of Cleveland would experience an economic impact of approximately $100 million. Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 1, 2014 Updates

So would James find himself in a similar situation in Cleveland, with extensions pending for Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson, with Kyrie Irving's extension to kick in, with Kevin Love up for a mega-deal next summer, with other veterans likely looking to jump aboard at exception money for 2015-16? "That message is unchanged," Gilbert stressed of speculation that all available resources had been spent or committed. "Clearly the cap will be going up in the next couple of years based on the revenues of the league as well, but that message is still there. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"I think that when you have so much invested, if you want to look at this financially and take away the other stuff, I almost think it's kind of silly when you invest so much into a franchise and have such high costs already and then at the margin, I know it's a lot of raw dollars when you look at it by itself, but relative to everything that's invested, I was a little bit surprised when our franchise was going to stop right there." Fair enough. Nothing subliminal. Nothing seemingly beyond the reaches of Northeast Ohio. And then: "To me, it's like getting to the two-yard line, and, 'OK, we're done now.' " South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 30, 2014 Updates

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

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There was much made of James reuniting with the former employer when he re-signed with Cleveland in July, agreeing to a two-year deal after four consecutive NBA FInals appearances with the Heat. “As a man, if you got a problem with somebody, you sit down face to face and you talk to them eye to eye. And you hash it out and move on,” James said. “So, I think a lot of things that go on in life or in sports with people kind of holding grudges is because they’re afraid to actually take a step forward. It’s a fine line between pride and progress, and I’m on the progress side. I’m not on the pride side.” James has said he regrets the pomp and circumstance around the nationally televised “Decision” and that he did not discuss his intentions with the Cavaliers before the announcement. “How did I forgive? I’m a man,” James said. “Men, we all make mistakes.” Basketball Insiders

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This summer, Paul told Griffin that James was interested in returning, but said there were no guarantees. “Once LeBron started getting serious about Cleveland, I knew he needed to sit with Dan in person,” said Paul. “He had to talk to him directly.” On July 6, Gilbert flew to South Florida to meet with James. They sat down at the kitchen table, and Gilbert apologized for the letter and “one terrible” night that had eclipsed the previous five rewarding years together. It was clear as well that James was ready to move on, but he was perhaps even more interested in whether the Cavs had the money to immediately build a championship team. Gilbert assured James the Cavs had the resources and were willing to use them. New York Times

July 11, 2014 Updates

James became branded by The Decision, and Gilbert became a hostage to his Letter. Only, James would win two titles in four years with the Heat, and winning washes everything away. Winning changes the story. The Cavaliers have lost a lot of games, made mistakes and then Gilbert started to understand something: For all his business genius, all his rebuilding of Detroit and charitable endeavors and everything he had done in his life, the letter had come to define him. "Do a Google search on me, and it's the first thing that comes up," Gilbert told Yahoo Sports. "To a certain segment of society, it's like somebody killed somebody, like somebody killed their kid. I told LeBron, 'That letter didn't hurt anybody more than it hurt me.' Yahoo! Sports

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