With the pressure off, Anthony Bennett shines for Cavs in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – In his first Summer League, it seems like the weight of the world has been lifted off Anthony Bennett’s shoulders. In the city he once called home and the arena he once shined so brightly that the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the unexpected top pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Bennett is playing loose, having fun and suddenly showing the athleticism and versatility that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place. After scoring 15 points and

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Shabazz Napier grows into important role for post-LeBron Heat

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LAS VEGAS- Shabazz Napier has a set of skills you all know about; the slick handle, the pick-your-pocket defense and the winning pedigree with UConn’s national championship in April as Napier’s collegiate capstone. The other skills he needs to pick up as his rookie season approaches will help determine how well the Miami Heat can fare in South Florida’s post-LeBron James era. With James gone, Napier is now a much more important part of the team than Miami management imagined.

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VIDEO: Talking LeBron With MSNBC’s Alex Witt

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In returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James took a maximum salary. But he did not take a maximum contract length. James declined the maximum four-year, $88 million deal available to him as a 10-year veteran and instead signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavaliers. The deal has an opt-out clause after next season, which means we could have Decision III as early as a year from now. Does that mean James is hedging his bets on returning home and

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PODCAST: Sheridan and Mariotti Discuss LeBron James’ Decision

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One of my good friends in the business is Jay Mariotti, who I first met when I was covering Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls as they were beginning their second three-peat. He and I have both been first-hand witnesses to some of the most magical moments in basketball history, and as we come to the end of this work week and pause a moment to reflect on what we have just witnessed, a day that a lot of us will

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Tweet of the Day: LeBron James Is Coming Home

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What can one write where all has practically been written already? What was once a 100-percent confirmed source has now confirmed itself. LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat behind and returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. James made Decision 2.0 known with an Instagram photo and an essay published on Sports Illustrated.

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Tweet of the Night: Chris Broussard and Adrian Wojnarowski provide updates on LeBron James’ situation, Sheridan stays firm on original report

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Just a tad over four years ago, LeBron James made his breathtaking decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat live on ESPN – a move that would be scrutinized for years to come. At least back then, though, everyone knew when the announcement would be made because there was a set time, date and place for it. This year, all we know is that James is supposed to post the decision to return to Cleveland on his website lebronjames.com.

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SH Blog: No Announcements Made By LeBron James As He Leaves Las Vegas, Paul Pierce In World Series Of Poker

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As reported earlier in the week by Chris Sheridan, LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Standing by his source, all signs indicate that it is not a matter of it, but when James is ready to share his decision with the public. While the rest of us were eagerly anticipating a formal announcement all day, the four time MVP tended to his own affairs. As the host of the LeBron James Skills Academy,  James was in attendance at the basketball

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Tweet of the Day: Amid Free Agency Chaos, Bosh Enjoying Basketball Without Borders

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The proverbial clock is ticking. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. With a four-year, $88 million dollar contract offer from the Houston Rockets waiting on the table; a three-day window within which said team has to match a three-year, $46 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Chandler Parsons; and the world seemingly waiting on the edge of their seats for LeBron James to formally announce — whether on his website, Twitter, TV or some other means — his intentions, there might not

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