SH Blog: More talk of LeBron and Cleveland, plus plenty of trade rumors

It’s a little over a month until the trade deadline. Is it just me, or does it feel like that really snuck up on us? Anyway, we’re almost at the midpoint of the season, and we’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s what in the NBA: the Clippers are good, the Thunder don’t really miss James Harden, everyone in the East has some flaws that are various degrees of glaring. Things are shaping up for a pretty interesting deadline, and today’s blog has a first look at that, including one contender considering moving a key piece.

Here on Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got another early look at the draft from Joe Kotoch, plus some Kevin Durant stories from Chris Silva. Once you’ve read those, direct your attention below for all the latest NBA news and trade rumors.

  • There have been whispers about LeBron James returning to Cleveland when his contract with the Heat is up. Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida wrote about that possibility: “LeBron James opened the door last year on returning to Cleveland. A former Cavaliers coach said he wouldn’t be surprised if it happens. ‘I think LeBron is at that stage where he’s challenging himself to motivate him to do something that’s maybe more difficult,’ Denver coach George Karl told FOX Sports Florida before Friday’s game against Cleveland at the Pepsi Center. ‘I could see him maybe doing that (returning to the Cavaliers).’ Karl, who coached Cleveland from 1984 to 1986, offered a primary reason why he could see a return by James, an Akron, Ohio, native who played for the Cavaliers from 2003 to 2010 before bolting to Miami when he became a free agent. ‘I see (Kyrie) Irving maybe being a reason for that,’ Karl said of the reigning Rookie of the Year, who leads Cleveland in scoring with a 23.5 average. Irving, 20, is a rising star and has a good relationship with James. The two have known each other since James took Irving under his wing when the point guard was 15.”

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