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CLEVELAND — First, the Cavaliers got LeBron James’ word. Then they got his signature. James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland and try to end the city’s 50-year championship drought. The deal provides flexibility for the NBA’s biggest star with the league’s maximum salary expected to rise in the future. A person familiar with the negotiations said James’ contract includes an option for the four-time league MVP to become a free agent next summer. However, it is strictly “a business deal,” according to … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:11:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28630737-419/lebron-james-signs-two-year-contract-with-cavaliers.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28630737-419/lebron-james-signs-two-year-contract-with-cavaliers.html <![CDATA[ Will LeBron wear No. 6 or No. 23? ]]> Lead story image

LeBron James has to make another big decision. The NBA superstar turned to social media Friday to help him choose which number he’ll wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote “6 or 23....” on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No. 6 and No. 23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28731402-419/will-lebron-wear-no-6-or-no-23.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28731402-419/will-lebron-wear-no-6-or-no-23.html <![CDATA[ Lance Stephenson headed to Hornets ]]> Lead story image

Lance Stephenson has found a new home. The controversial free-agent shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28697653-419/lance-stephenson-headed-to-hornets.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28697653-419/lance-stephenson-headed-to-hornets.html <![CDATA[ Mega money in sports has a dwindling interest rate ]]> Lead story image

It’s scary to think that a head-shot photo in a newspaper could imply knowledge or wisdom. A guy in my building recognized me from the aforementioned picture the other day and, after recoiling at how homely I am in person, sought my take on the Carmelo Anthony situation. I had the Bulls in third place and fading, which is not what he wanted to hear. He wasn’t as interested in my reasoning as he was in my finishing so he could tell me how wrong I was and how the Bulls were the only destination that made sense. ‘‘This guy … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:28:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28597249-419/mega-money-in-sports-has-a-dwindling-interest-rate.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28597249-419/mega-money-in-sports-has-a-dwindling-interest-rate.html <![CDATA[ Cleveland revels in LeBron James’ return to Cavaliers ]]> Lead story image

CLEVELAND — If LeBron James was going to win another NBA title, heal broken hearts and continue building his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go. To Ohio. Home. Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city’s championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland’s half-century title drought. He’s returning to his basketball roots, to the people who know him best, to make good on a promise. James made the announcement Friday with a powerful essay written … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:12:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28612495-419/cleveland-revels-in-lebron-james-return-to-cavaliers.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28612495-419/cleveland-revels-in-lebron-james-return-to-cavaliers.html <![CDATA[ LeBron James going back to Cleveland Cavaliers ]]> Lead story image

LeBron James is going home. No big television spectacle called “The Decision,’’ and no dancing around on a stage promising “Not one, not two, not three . . . ’’ Just a heart-felt first-person essay told to Sports Illustrated on SI.com on why he was returning to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,’’ James told the website. “It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen … ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:28:40 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28603482-419/lebron-james-going-back-to-cleveland-cavaliers.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28603482-419/lebron-james-going-back-to-cleveland-cavaliers.html <![CDATA[ LeBron, Pat Riley meet, no decision yet ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think. The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly disclosed details of the meeting. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, said one of the people. James has not made a decision and will not make any announcements before Thursday, a person said, adding, “He wants to meet with his … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:58:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28576761-419/lebron-pat-riley-meet-no-decision-yet.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28576761-419/lebron-pat-riley-meet-no-decision-yet.html <![CDATA[ LeBron, Cavs reunion taking shape after 3-team deal ]]> Lead story image

The Cavaliers have created salary cap space to make sure they have enough to offer LeBron James a maximum contract. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:10:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28564301-419/lebron-cavs-reunion-taking-shape-after-3-team-deal.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28564301-419/lebron-cavs-reunion-taking-shape-after-3-team-deal.html <![CDATA[ P.J. Hairston faces assault charges after fight in pickup basketball game ]]>

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston has to appear in Durham County Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation at a pickup basketball game on Sunday. Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston’s court date is Aug. 8. “If two people get into a fight in North Carolina and there is no serious injury and is not witnessed by an officer, our hands are tied,” Sherwin said. “We don’t charge … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:22:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28530203-419/pj-hairston-faces-assault-charges-after-fight-in-pickup-basketball-game.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28530203-419/pj-hairston-faces-assault-charges-after-fight-in-pickup-basketball-game.html <![CDATA[ LeBron James to meet with Heat’s Pat Riley before decision ]]> Lead story image

Before LeBron James makes his next decision, Pat Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami. ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:37:54 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28528035-419/lebron-james-to-meet-with-heats-pat-riley-before-decision.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28528035-419/lebron-james-to-meet-with-heats-pat-riley-before-decision.html <![CDATA[ Clippers’ sale hits snag with trial ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal. Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner. In order to do so, she had two doctors examine her 80-year-old husband and they declared him mentally incapacitated and … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:20:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28527108-419/clippers-sale-hits-snag-with-trial.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28527108-419/clippers-sale-hits-snag-with-trial.html <![CDATA[ Jason Kidd leaving Nets to coach Bucks ]]> Lead story image

The Bucks and Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a deal allowing Jason Kidd to become Milwaukee’s coach, a person with knowledge of the details said Monday. ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:12:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28398966-419/jason-kidd-leaving-nets-to-coach-bucks.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28398966-419/jason-kidd-leaving-nets-to-coach-bucks.html <![CDATA[ Jabari Parker gets warm welcome in Milwaukee ]]> Lead story image

MILWAUKEE — Throw away the Chicago Bulls gear, Jabari Parker. The new employer takes precedence over the hometown team now. The new face of the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks received a hero’s welcome Friday, one day after being selected with the second overall pick in the NBA draft. “Jabari Parker welcomed the idea to be a Milwaukee Buck,” general John Hammond said at a news conference at a downtown public market. Before Hammond could finish his sentence and ask the partisan crowd to welcome Parker back, he was interrupted by raucous applause. The 6-foot-8 Parker, who averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 … ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:10:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28345551-419/jabari-parker-gets-warm-welcome-in-milwaukee.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28345551-419/jabari-parker-gets-warm-welcome-in-milwaukee.html <![CDATA[ Dwyane Wade’s decline is dragging down the Heat ]]> Lead story image

SAN ANTONIO — The Miami Heat finally found something they can excel at in these NBA Finals.Then again, they have had some practice making excuses for Dwyane Wade the last two seasons. ‘‘I have no doubt he’ll bounce back,’’ guard Mario Chalmers said Saturday. ‘‘He has more than enough,’’ coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘‘He’s proven time and time again that he has an incredible way of just finding a way. Finding a way to impact and help your team win.’’ Wade obviously has found an incredible way of lying to himself. Asked whether his chronic knee problems were the reason … ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:28:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28081847-419/dwyane-wades-decline-is-dragging-down-the-heat.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28081847-419/dwyane-wades-decline-is-dragging-down-the-heat.html <![CDATA[ Simeon’s Jabari Parker taken second by Bucks in NBA Draft ]]> Lead story image

Jabari Parker will be more than just a potential go-to player in the post for the Milwaukee Bucks. The second overall pick in the NBA draft immediately becomes a face of a team looking to rebound from a franchise-worst 67-loss season. New ownership in Milwaukee hopes to construct a championship contender within five years. Conversely, the 19-year-old Parker, who starred at Simeon High School, wanted to play for the Bucks, barely 90 minutes from his hometown of Chicago. He said he’s mostly prepared for the pressure. “Because my pride won’t get in the way from what the team wants me … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:56:59 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28326963-419/simeons-jabari-parker-taken-second-by-bucks-in-nba-draft.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28326963-419/simeons-jabari-parker-taken-second-by-bucks-in-nba-draft.html <![CDATA[ Carmelo Anthony opts out of Knicks contract ]]> Lead story image

Carmelo Anthony “loves being a Knick” but is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options, his agent says. ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:37:33 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28256282-419/carmelo-anthony-opts-out-of-knicks-contract.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/28256282-419/carmelo-anthony-opts-out-of-knicks-contract.html