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LeBron James heading back to Cleveland

Published on -7/11/2014, 3:31 PM

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By Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- King James no longer will reign in Miami.

Days of South Florida unease at the start of the NBA's free agency period turned into stunned rejection, with LeBron James announcing Friday he was leaving the Miami Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James' decision came a day after a Wednesday meeting with Heat President Pat Riley in Las Vegas, where James is running a basketball camp.

James' choice ultimately came down to sustaining excellence in his adopted home in South Florida or returning closer to his childhood roots. A year-round lifestyle at his massive estate just outside of Akron ultimately prevailed.

The Cavaliers created the salary cap space for the maximum contract James has sought, with a three-team trade completed Thursday that sent veteran guard Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets and also included a package with the Boston Celtics.

James last month opted out of the final two years of the six-year free-agent contract he signed with the Heat in July 2010, when he joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a championship-like celebration.

James is able to sign his new contract at any time, after Thursday's end of the NBA's offseason personnel moratorium.

With James' departure, there is a chance Bosh could pursue a maximum-scale contract with the Houston Rockets, perhaps leaving only Wade likely to re-sign from what had been the Heat's Big Three these past four seasons.

A rebuilding program is expected to ensue with the Heat, similar to what followed in the wake of the breakup with Shaquille O'Neal following the team's 2006 NBA championship and subsequent slide in the standings.

The Heat advanced to the NBA Finals in each of James' four seasons in South Florida after he left the Cavaliers, with James winning his first NBA championships in 2012 and '13. The Heat last month fell 4-1 to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, with James then pushing Riley to upgrade the team's roster.

Riley attempted to accommodate James with Monday's free agency additions of Charlotte Hornets forward Josh McRoberts and Los Angeles Clippers swingman Danny Granger. Instead, the Heat now are left with two additional supporting players without the game's ultimate superstar to support.

The low-key nature of James' Thursday decision was in contrast to 2010, when he held a nationally televised special on ESPN -- "The Decision" -- to announce his move to the Heat. The difference this time was the length of time from the July 1 start of the free agency period it took for resolution.

James was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2012 and '13, finishing as runner-up this past season to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

There had been concern for months of James returning to the Cavaliers to be closer to his Bath Township home in Ohio, with Cleveland selecting Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins recently with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft and on Thursday locking All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving into a long-term contract.

While several teams pitched the option of a fresh start with a new supporting cast, James ultimately bypassed overtures from the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and the Heat _ the only team James met face-to-face with during his decision-making process.

Amid a swirl of rumors and conjecture about his future these past few weeks, James largely took himself out of the free agency process, allowing his agent, Cleveland-based Rich Paul, to gauge outside interest while James was on vacation with his family. James then scheduled Wednesday's summit with Riley.

James stressed after the NBA Finals that his priority was positioning himself on a team with championship potential, while also explaining how much his family enjoys their time in South Florida, with James' wife, Savannah, operating a Miami juice bar and James involved in several South Florida ventures, including a pizza chain.

Prior to opting out of his Heat contract in late June, James was blunt about his future.

"For me," he said, "I just want to win. And that's all that matters to me."

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