Daily News - July 12, 2014

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The odyssey of the Cleveland Cavaliers' James led to Bron's Town
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio –- How unusual is it that LeBron James, in the prime of his career, returned to the Cavaliers, the team that drafted him, and to Cleveland, the city he spurned?

So rare that only two close comparisons spring to mind with a third sort of matching the model.

Steve Nash was drafted by Phoenix, went to Dallas after two seasons, and, by the time he got to Phoenix again, six years had passed. The return was almost as dramatic as MacArthur's to the Philippines –- NBA Most Valuable Player awards in 2004-05 and 2005-06, his first two season back.

Forty years ago, Rick Barry led the Golden State Warriors to the 1974-75 NBA championship in the third year of his return to the NBA franchise, after four years in the ABA, plus one season when he was idled by court order. Barry averaged 30.6 points per game for the only championship the Warriors have won since moving to the West Coast from Philadelphia in the early 1960s."

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Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Thinking about Kevin Love and other moves
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Now that LeBron James is back, what comes next:

1. For a while, it will be all Kevin Love, all the time for fans. Can the Cavs deal for Minnesota's power forward? It won't be easy. Love makes $15.7 million. The Cavs will be close to the salary cap once they sign James. His maximum contract will begin at $20.7 million next season. The math and nuances of the salary cap are complicated, but the franchise will have to find a way to give Minnesota a package of players with salaries of at least $14 million.

2. Minnesota would like to begin a deal with Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs want to keep Wiggins out of the trade. But my guess is they won't allow that to keep them from getting Love. They had put out word that they weren't trading Wiggins. Now, I'm not so sure."

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Cavs coach David Blatt celebrates return of King James
Author: Jason Lloyd
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

"LAS VEGAS: The Cavaliers were in the midst of a mundane morning shootaround at summer league when the news of LeBron James’ return erupted across the Earth. Someone in the gym let out a shriek, and Cavs coach David Blatt walked over to a staff member to ask if it was true.

“The king is coming home,” a grinning Blatt said Thursday before the Cavs’ summer-league debut. “What more could you ask?”

LeBron James’ return to the Cavaliers changes everything. Immediately. The online gambling website Bovada immediately installed the Cavs as the favorites to win the championship at 4-1 odds, while James’ former team, the Miami Heat, plummeted to 50-1."

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