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If LeBron James ultimately decides to return to the Cavaliers, it won’t be because of a mysterious plane that landed Sunday evening in South Florida. Contrary to popular belief, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was not on that plane. Neither were Cavs General Manager David Griffin nor owner Dan Gilbert. Akron Beacon Journal

The timing of the decision, given Cleveland's recruitment of James for a possible reunion in Cleveland, is impossible to ignore. But according to the Cavaliers, the decision to remove the letter was actually about closing a loophole they already believed had been shut. "The letter was removed years ago from the Cavs.com website, but over the last week, it was discovered that it still existed from this external link to a stagnant archived page," Cavaliers director of communications Tad Carper told SB Nation. "It was on the content management system platform that was used back in 2010." SB Nation

Thus, everyone within the organization proceeded as if nothing strange was going on. But when James' free agency started to kick into gear, one employee noticed a spike in traffic to a page that was believed to be purged from the Internet. A decision was made to delete the letter again, but the process was more complex because the team did not have direct access to the site's old CMS. Thus, the team had to ask the league to do it for them. SB Nation

The Cavs still have several hurdles to overcome. Rival teams are skeptical that James and Gilbert will be able to patch up their differences in the wake of James' televised "announcement" and Gilbert's subsequent open letter that attacked James' character and got him fined by then-commissioner David Stern. There has been a cooling of the tension between the parties in recent years, but James still harbors some ill feelings that both would have to attempt to settle before any partnership could be renewed, sources said. ESPN.com

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The Cleveland Cavaliers secured the most important piece of their future early Tuesday morning, when point guard Kyrie Irving agreed to a five-year, $90 million maximum contract that will be signed when the NBA free agency moratorium lifts on July 10. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the terms of the deal but spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because terms were not disclosed by the team. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted about the agreement not long after the team's meeting with Irving, breaking the news that an agreement was reached. USA Today Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyrie Irving intends to sign 5-year, $90 million extension with the Cavaliers, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Commitment came in meeting. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

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