(SportingAlert) — On Friday July 11, 2014, LeBron James announced that he would be leaving the Miami Heat and heading back to Ohio to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James’ decision to make a shocking return to Cleveland has been met with jubilation by thousands of Cleveland fans who are glad that he has decided to return as a free agent. His return to Cleveland will help to give the Cavaliers a realistic shot at obtaining a NBA Championship in 2015.
It is understood that James, who won two NBA titles during his four seasons with the Miami Heat, has signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James, who is a four-time MVP is currently in Brazil where he will watch Sunday’s World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
In other notable NBA news, All-Star Carmelo Anthony is still taking his time trying to decide if he wants to leave the New York Knicks to another franchise.
James’ departure from the Heat has created a lot of commotion for players who were considering free agency but Anthony has not been affected by his actions.
Power forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves is seriously leaving his franchise to join the Cavaliers. Cleveland has become a hot prospect team for players during the off season in 2014.
Since Cleveland acquired the number one NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins, they are not willing to let go of him for Kevin Love. That is the only way that the Timberwolves would be willing to depart with Love.
After Lebron James announced his departure from the Heat, fellow teammate Chris Bosh opted to stay. He did not leave the heat and according to unconfirmed sources he has apparently signed a five-year $118 million dollar deal.
He is expected to work alongside 2006 NBA Finals MVP Dwyane Wade, who will reportedly signed a new contact, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger as the lead scorers of the team now that James has departed.
Trades still continue in the off season and as of July 11, 2014 Jeremy Linn will playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014/2015 season. The Denver Nuggets is close to obtaining Mike Miller and the Dallas Mavericks Chandler Parsons will holding keeping Vince Carter.
The drama with the selling of the Los Angeles Clippers is still taking place. On July 11, 2014, it was reported that Donald Sterling will not be selling the Clippers. Apparently, Sterling is trying to hold onto the Clippers for retirement and tax reasons.
This case is expected to continue until a decision can reached between Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly Sterling is co-owner of the team.