PODCAST: LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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LeBron James met in person with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend. On Sunday night, the infamous Dan Gilbert rant from 2010 disappeared from the Cavs Web site. This morning, I reported that James’ inner circle — from his wife to his business manager to his best friends — are unanimous in their belief that James should return to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent. Pat Riley and the Miami Heat will get another chance to sell James on their vision and

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Poll: Where will LeBron James end up?

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Paging Jim Gray, paging Jim Gray. Another decision is near, and we will bring out the capital ‘D’ if you agree to make the announcement on TV along with LeBron, who can recycle his purple checked shirt just for old time’s sake. The chances of James returning to the Miami Heat have diminished since free agency began, in large part because James wants to be paid a max salary — which leaves little wiggle room for Pat Riley to make the necessary

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Tweet of the Day: Dallas, Nowitzki Make Statement; LeBron Recruitment Perks Up

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Could LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki join forces in 2014-15? As Carmelo Anthony’s tour concludes Thursday with a meeting in Los Angeles with the Lakers completed and a meeting with the New York Knicks underway. Wednesday night, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban met with Anthony to make a pitch for his services. A day later, he and Dirk Nowitzki made a statement for the younger star free agents to take notice. They want a championship contending team. In addition

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Tweet of the Day: Carmelo Anthony World Tour Continues

Tuesday brought forth the beginning of the NBA free agency period and, with it, the subsequent Carmelo Anthony World Tour. The tour began with a visit to Chicago to meet with Bulls staff and players. During his stop in the Windy City, he was greeted by coach Tom Thibodeau, who rode with him to the United Center, where they met general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson along with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah

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PODCAST: Day Two of the MeloDrama: No Taxes in Texas

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Welcome to Day 2 of NBA Free Agency, when we will learn how the lack of state income taxes could have an impact on Carmelo Anthony’s future. A day after being feted by the Chicago Bulls, Anthony will visit the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets today. If he signs with either team, he will not have to pay any state income taxes because Texas does not levy them. New York? Oh yeah.Not only is there a state income tax, but there is

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Tweet of the Day: Amid World Cup Insanity, NBA Free Agency Takes Action

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The United States Men’s National Team fought valiantly in losing 2-1 in extra time in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup match against Belgium in the round of 16. Goalkeeper Tim Howard was amazing, amassing 16 saves. Yet, his near superhuman effort wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, back in the states, NBA free agency is underway. The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves by announcing that they had secured the future of their point guard, Kyrie Irving, by reaching an agreement on a five-year, $90 million max-contract

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Dallas Mavericks Salaries and Analysis

DALLAS MAVERICKS 2014-15 Free Agents: F Shawn Marion, F Jae Crowder (T), C Bernard James 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (Memphis) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: DeJuan Blair ($2,000,000, expires July 16, 2015) Over/Under: Under the cap Amnesty Provision: Used on Brendan Haywood (2012) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Chandler Parsons $14,740,000 $15,410,000 $16,080,000Tyson Chandler $14,600,000Dirk Nowitzki $7,970,000 $8,330,000 $8,690,000Monta Ellis $8,360,000 $8,720,000Brandan Wright  $5,000,000Devin Harris $3,880,000 $4,050,000 $4,230,000 $4,400,000Raymond Felton $3,800,000 $3,950,000Jameer Nelson $2,730,000 $2,860,000Richard Jefferson $1,450,000Al-Farouq Aminu $980,000 $1,000,000Jae Crowder $920,000Ricky Ledo $820,000  $950,000 $1,020,000Gal Mekel $820,000 $950,000Greg SmithEric GriffinTOTAL SALARY $66,010,000 $46,220,000 $30,020,000 $4,400,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX

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Knicks, Mavs upgrade rosters in Chandler-Calderon trade

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The New York Knicks acquired a major upgrade at point guard at the expense of their starting center in a six-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The trade sends Jose Calderon to New York along with center Samuel Dalembert, wing Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft in exchange for center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.

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