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LeBron James signs two-year contract with Cavaliers

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 …


Steve Ballmer officially owns the Clippers


Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

2007 top NBA pick Oden arrested in Indianapolis


Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested in Indianapolis on battery charges alleging that he punched a woman in the face.

Will LeBron wear No. 6 or No. 23?


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.

Lance Stephenson headed to Hornets


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.

Mega money in sports has a dwindling interest rate


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 …

Cleveland revels in LeBron James’ return to Cavaliers


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 …

LeBron James going back to Cleveland Cavaliers


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 on why he was …

LeBron, Pat Riley meet, no decision yet


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 …

LeBron, Cavs reunion taking shape after 3-team deal


The Cavaliers have created salary cap space to make sure they have enough to offer LeBron James a maximum contract.

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, …

LeBron James to meet with Heat’s Pat Riley before decision


Before LeBron James makes his next decision, Pat Riley will get a chance to convince him to stay in Miami.

Clippers’ sale hits snag with trial


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. …

Jason Kidd leaving Nets to coach Bucks


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.

Jabari Parker gets warm welcome in Milwaukee


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 …

Dwyane Wade’s decline is dragging down the Heat


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 …