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LeBron James' 'Dream' Is To Own NBA Franchise

Aug 17, 2016 4:35 PM

LeBron James would like to own an NBA team when his playing career is over.

"I think so," James said on a podcast this week when asked if he might want to be a general manager in the future.

"I feel like my brain as far as the game of basketball is unique and I would love to continue to give my knowledge to the game," James said. "And I would love to be a part of a franchise, if not at the top. My dream is to actually own a team and I don't need to have fully hands on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'm going to hire the best GM and president that I can.

"But I have a feel like I have a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent, the chemistry, what type of guy he is, his work ethic, his passion, the basketball IQ side of things, because talent only goes so far."

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LeBron James Remains Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics

Aug 17, 2016 12:10 PM

LeBron James isn't ruling out the possibility of playing for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there," James said. "I did not retire from Team USA. I just did not play this summer. So I left the door open."

James announced shortly after The Finals that he wouldn't participate in the 2016 Olympics.

"I could use the rest," he told Joe Vardon of

James will be 35 for the 2020 games.

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LeBron James To Host Pre-Training Camp Workouts In Los Angeles

Aug 15, 2016 3:10 PM

LeBron James will host his annual pre-training camp workouts for his Cleveland Cavaliers' teammates in Los Angeles in September.

James has gathered the Cavs to prepare for the upcoming season with a series of informal workouts that typically start around Labor Day. The workouts last season were in Miami, while the 2014 edition was in Independence, Ohio.

James has spent most of the summer in his new mansion in Brentwood near Los Angeles.

The Cavs' first practice of actual training camp is Sept. 27.

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LeBron James Potentially Took Less Money With New Deal

Aug 14, 2016 10:36 AM

LeBron James potentially cost himself some money by signing a three-year, $100 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James could have signed a full max five-year contract next offseason assuming the Over-36 rule would be changed under the new CBA. James won't have the ability to become a free agent again in 2017 as he has after his first two seasons back with the Cavs.

That hypothetical 2017 deal would have come as the salary cap leapt from $94 million to $102 million, meaning he would have made more money for 17-18 and 18-19. 

There has also been an anticipated increase in maximum contracts to prevent situations such as the Warriors being able to sign Kevin Durant in free agency. James' decision to not wait on a potentially higher max may signal it is far from certain.

James also lined up the possibility of joining Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul in free agency in 2018. The four of them have talked about playing together towards the end of their careers.

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LeBron James Agrees Upon Three-Year, $100M Deal With Cavs

Aug 11, 2016 5:18 PM

LeBron James has agreed upon a three-year, $100 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James will be the highest paid player in the NBA for the first time in his career at $31 million. James' $33 million salary for the 17-18 season will be the highest in NBA history.

James has been on a series of one-plus-one contracts since returning to the Cavaliers in 2014.

"I just want to let y'all know I'm re-signing back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, my hometown team," James said. "I can't be more excited than this opportunity once again, man, to defend our crown, defend our title. We all know last year as a magical, inspiring -- all the words you can come up with -- it was an unbelievable season. I just can't wait to get the group back together -- the team, the franchise, more importantly, get everybody together, the fans. Without you guys, without your passion and commitment, we wouldn't have been able to do what we did this past season. I'm ecstatic. I can't wait to see my guys. I can't wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together. Lastly, let's get J.R. (Smith) done. It's that time."

Cleveland now has $115 million in guaranteed salary for the 16-17 season even before re-signing J.R. Smith.

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Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night

Aug 11, 2016 4:58 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the New York Knicks on opening night when they collect their 2016 championship rings on October 25th.

The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

The Golden State Warriors will host the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of the opening night doubleheader.

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Cavs To Host Warriors On Christmas Day

Aug 8, 2016 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

The Warriors and Cavaliers met in each of the past two Finals, as well as Christmas Day in 2015.

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Kay Felder Signs With Cavaliers

Aug 6, 2016 10:40 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Kay Felder.

Felder (5-9, 176), the No. 54 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, had his rights acquired by the Cavaliers on draft night. He appeared in all seven games (six starts) for Cleveland in the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes per game.

The Detroit native was the only player in the country to rank in the Top 5 this past season in both scoring (fourth, 24.4 ppg) and assists (first, 9.3 apg) and became just the fifth player in Division I history over the last 20 years to average over 23 points and six assists in a single season. In 2015-16, Felder appeared in 35 contests for Oakland, averaging 24.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.0 steals.

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DeAndre Liggins Signs Camp Deal With Cavs

Aug 4, 2016 10:50 AM

DeAndre Liggins has signed a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Liggins has won D-League Defensive Player of the Year in two of the past three seasons. Liggins would give the Cavs another wing option should he make their roster.

Liggins was a second round pick in 2011 out of Kentucky and has played for the Magic, Thunder and Heat.

Liggins averaged 5.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.2 minutes per game in Summer League for the Cavs.

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James Jones, Cavs Agree Upon One-Year, $1.55M Deal

Aug 2, 2016 1:48 PM

James Jones has agreed upon a one-year, $1.55 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jones joined the Cavaliers in 2014 from the Miami Heat.

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LeBron James: My Motivation Is The Ghost I'm Chasing Who Played In Chicago
LeBron James' place as one of the best players who ever played the game has already been determined but he continues to pursue the mantle as greatest to ever play.

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Cavaliers Waive Dahntay Jones
Dahntay Jones appeared in one regular season game and 15 postseason games this past season.

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Tyronn Lue, Cavs Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Extension
Tyronn Lue helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 title just months after being elevated to head coach when the team fired David Blatt.

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Kay Felder: Cavs Paying $2.4M To Acquire Me 'Means A Lot'
Kay Felder averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 29.9 minutes per game in Summer League.

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James Jones, Cavaliers Hold Contract Talks
James Jones wants to return to the Cavs but has options elsewhere, agent Joel Bell said.

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LeBron James Still Hasn't Decided Type Of Contract He'll Sign With Cavs
Under league rules, LeBron James has several contract choices.

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Anderson Varejao Won't Accept Cavs' Championship Ring
Anderson Varejao is eligible to receive a championship ring from the Cavaliers since he began the season with the team.

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Former NBA Great Nate Thurmond Dies At 74
Nate Thurmond died on Saturday after a brief battle with leukemia.


LeBron James Hasn't Given Cavs Date Of When He'll Re-Sign
Even though J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers have yet to agree upon a new deal, LeBron James' delay is not at all related.

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Cavs Trade Sasha Kaun To 76ers To Clear Room For Chris Andersen
Cleveland also gets a $1.33 million traded-player exception in the Sasha Kaun deal.

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Joe Harris, Nets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Joe Harris was a second round pick in 2014 out of Virginia.

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Cavs' Assistants In Limbo As Tyronn Lue Extension Not Yet Finished
Both sides were optimistic a deal would be completed before Summer League.

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Cavs Close To Deal With Chris Andersen
Chris Andersen was teammates for several seasons with LeBron James as members of the Heat.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees To Two-Year, $5M Deal With Cavs
Richard Jefferson has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers on a two-year deal.

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Ray Allen Considering NBA Return, Reaches Out To Cavs, Warriors
Ray Allen would also consider playing for the Spurs and Clippers.

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LeBron Factoring Into Wade's Contract Showdown With Heat
LeBron James is in a position to either make financial sacrifices to help the Cavaliers sign Dwyane Wade from the Heat, or merely help his friend with leverage on getting a richer deal.

Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Teams Calling LeBron James' Agent Told He'll Re-Sign With Cavs
Rich Paul has received phone calls from teams inquiring about the potential availability of LeBron James.

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Cavs Won't Match Matthew Dellavedova's $38M Deal With Bucks
Matthew Dellavedova agreed to a four-year, $38.5 million deal with the Bucks on the opening day of free agency.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tyronn Lue Opens Extension Talks With Cavs
Tyronn Lue essentially bet on himself by not signing the three year, $9.5 million deal that was offered when taking the head coaching job.

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Lakers, Timofey Mozgov Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
The Lakers began to pursue Timofey Mozgov at the immediate start of free agency.

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