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LeBron James rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers have inside track to sign LeBron James?

LeBron James wants to play with Mike Miller again. Possibly with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James wants to play with Mike Miller again. Possibly with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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LeBron James rumors have the former NBA MVP reaching out to other free agents. These intriguing LeBron James rumors from Wednesday (July 9) have some people also believing that the Cleveland Cavaliers might have the inside track to luring the All-Star back to Ohio. According to a report from CBS Sports, James contacted former teammates Ray Allen and Mike Miller about joining him in a new city should he leave the Miami Heat. Both players could fit nicely on the roster of the Cavs if they agreed to take exceptions or league minimum contracts.

This appears to be a play at deciding on some of his own supporting staff on a new franchise, suggesting that there is some reality to the premise he could bolt again this offseason. He still hasn't tipped his hand when it comes to a final decision, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence starting to pile up that he has definitely considered leaving Miami. If Heat president Pat Riley is paying any attention, he should be working very hard to get Miller and Allen under new contracts in order to entice James.

According to another report from ESPN on Wednesday night, James just completed a meeting with officials from the Heat in Las Vegas. This was likely their pitch meeting to offer him a max deal to stay in South Beach. One of the topics of the meeting had to be the recent acquisitions of Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, because both could end up being good role players in the 2014-15 NBA season. They now have just four players on the active roster, though, so there are quite a few additional slots to be filled.

Despite all the LeBron James rumors currently out there, it appears that the Miami Heat are doing everything possible to make sure he re-signs with them. That includes adding pieces, drafting guys he might like to play with, and keeping the core of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade intact. Should James decide to leave the team, it stands to reason that Bosh is going to sign a contract with the Houston Rockets and that Wade might be the only star left on the roster (if he re-signs).

While several meetings have taken place, there is still no indication when a final decision will be made by James. The longer he remains in free agency, though, the more that fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers think about the possibility of his return. Fans shouldn't be surprised if the New York Knicks somehow enter the discussion with a sign-and-trade as well, especially with news that Carmelo Anthony will remain with them.