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LeBron-to-Cleveland Nears DEFCON 3; Dan Gilbert's Decision Letter Pulled From NBA.com

lebron and the cavs lostLeBron going back to Cleveland? This site has been touting that move since early June, and has remained steadfast in stating the obvious: LeBron’s window to win Championships will be extended by playing for a franchise with a younger roster. And since Miami is hamstrung by the salary cap, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to add the role players necessary to build around LeBron, Cleveland should be in play.

It seems Rich Paul, LeBron’s agent who is handling the free agency madness – it should be noted that Paul is a longtime friend of LeBron, and he lives in Cleveland – seems to be steering the best player into returning home. The prodigal son may return to Cleveland! From Adrian Wojnarowski:

Rich Paul, the president of Klutch Sports, has been funneling belief into the organization that the Cavaliers are in strong position to lure James from the Miami Heat. For years, Paul has confided to people that bringing back James to Cleveland has been something of a mission for him, and he’s encouraging Cavaliers officials to offer no restraint in the recruitment of James

Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough of a WOW moment, there’s this – it appears the classic comic sans letter Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert posted on NBA.com four years ago has suddenly vanished. Did it get wiped away today? Over the weekend? Does it even mean anything?

Conspiracy theories!! [File this one right next to Dan Gilbert’s plane in South Beach over the weekend.]

For fun, this could be Cleveland’s depth chart if it gets LeBron and doesn’t have to give up anyone (according to various outlets, the Cavs would need to deal Jarrett Jack and then find a taker for Marcus Thornton, so I’ll leave them out of the depth chart):

PG – Kyrie Irving/?
SG – Andrew Wiggins/Dion Waiters/Joe Harris
SF – LeBron/Alonzo Gee
PF – Tristan Thompson/Anthony Bennett/Dwight Powell
C – Anderson Varejao/Tyler Zeller/Brendan Haywood

[Ed. Gee was recently traded to Charlotte for Powell and Haywood.]

Three things to remember: 1) Miami, after LeBron/Bosh/Wade had nothing and still won the East; 2) This Cleveland team plays in the East; 3) Wiggins is 19, Irving and Waiters are 22, Thompson is 23.

Young legs. Fewer minutes for LeBron. More games off for LeBron.

LeBron easily carries this team to a Top 3 seed in the East. Let’s see what happens with Chicago, and remember, the Pacers ended the season in a truly bad spot and are about to lose maybe their second best player in Lance Stephenson.

Come on LeBron, make it happen.

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