Daily News - July 10, 2014

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Consider the combination of LeBron James and new Cleveland Cavaliers Coach David Blatt
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: The Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As Cavaliers fans await the decision from LeBron James, I wonder what David Blatt is thinking.

I spent about 90 minutes with the Cavaliers new coach last week. He was very candid about a lot of subjects. But he wisely didn't want to discuss many of the Cavs current players -- because he hadn't coached them.

"It's only fair for me to watch them first, and for them to get to know me," he said.

Nor would he discuss James, who was out of the country and on vacation."

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Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Trade is all about LeBron James, sort of
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: The Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cavs notebook after the big three-way, salary-cap-clearing trade:

1. Let's begin with what this deal is not: It's NOT a guarantee that LeBron James will sign. It gives the Cavs the salary cap room to sign James the moment he is eligible to do so, which is Thursday. But the Cavs have absolutely no promises from James. I hear that James has sent word he's interested in the Cavs, but also has not eliminated Miami.

2. In other words, James is still thinking. And so many people who claim to know what James is indeed thinking are kidding themselves.

3. The Cavs are thinking: "Let's be ready to roll." This trade means they can offer James the maximum contract that begins with a $20.7 million salary in the first season."

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LeBron James continues to make the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and NBA wait for his decision
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was the day that so many around the NBA were waiting for.

LeBron James, the biggest prize in NBA free agency, held his much-anticipated meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley. The smooth-talking executive who struck deals this week with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger was hoping to convince James to stay with the Heat, a team that has made four straight trips to the NBA Finals. According to reports, the sit-down also included Miami executive Andy Elisburg and James' agent Rich Paul.

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, reportedly lasted a little more than one hour.

Fans and media members were glued to the Internet – either on their phones or computers. One eye was on Twitter, craving any morsel of information. The other eye was on James' personal website as reports and speculation pointed to that forum for his announcement."

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