|Sep. 26 2:20 PM PT3:20 PM MT4:20 PM CT5:20 PM ET21:20 GMT5:20 2:20 PM MST4:20 PM EST1:20 UAE (+1)23:2017:20 ET4:20 PM CT20:20 - James met the media in his return to Cleveland on Friday.
Analysis: The Cavs credentialed more than 300 media members that were on hand to see James, who explained his recent weight loss - he went on a strict two-month diet - was a personal challenge. Not only does he need to adjust to new teammates, but James will play for David Blatt, a successful international coach whose first job in North America is to take this talent-laden squad to the finals.
|Aug. 8 3:33 PM PT4:33 PM MT5:33 PM CT6:33 PM ET22:33 GMT6:33 3:33 PM MST5:33 PM EST2:33 UAE (+1)00:3318:33 ET5:33 PM CT21:33 - James is home to stay. The NBA superstar said Friday night that he intends to play the rest of his career with Cleveland.
Analysis: When re-signed with the Cavaliers last month to a two-year, $41 million contract that included an option after one year, there was speculation he would one day test free agency again. However, James said "I don't play to go anywhere" before an event Friday night celebrating his homecoming to Northeast Ohio. His legendary career will then consist of stints with only Cleveland and Miami, if James is to be believed.
|July 27 9:50 AM PT10:50 AM MT11:50 AM CT12:50 PM ET16:50 GMT0:50 9:50 AM MST11:50 AM EST20:50 UAE18:5012:50 ET11:50 AM CT15:50 - James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland. He tweeted "23 it is! It's only right I go back. 2x3(equals)6 We still family 6." The tweet included an Instagram post with photos of James holding his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey on draft night, him later in a new version of the Cavs' jersey and a one of him in his high school jersey.
Analysis: James wore No. 6 in four seasons with Miami and with the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.
|July 15 7:57 AM PT8:57 AM MT9:57 AM CT10:57 AM ET14:57 GMT22:57 7:57 AM MST9:57 AM EST18:57 UAE16:5710:57 ET9:57 AM CT13:57 - James' hometown is planning a big party for his homecoming. Akron city spokeswoman Stephanie York says details of the event are still in the works - but it will be big.
Analysis: The city is working with the LeBron James Family Foundation to coordinate the homecoming event. York says the date will be determined by the NBA star's schedule.
|July 12 3:22 PM PT4:22 PM MT5:22 PM CT6:22 PM ET22:22 GMT6:22 3:22 PM MST5:22 PM EST2:22 UAE (+1)00:2218:22 ET5:22 PM CT21:22 - James has signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavaliers.
Analysis: The contract includes an option for James to become a free agent next summer, but it is strictly "a business deal," according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented about the agreement.
|July 11 10:42 AM PT11:42 AM MT12:42 PM CT1:42 PM ET17:42 GMT1:42 10:42 AM MST12:42 PM EST21:42 UAE19:4213:42 ET12:42 PM CT16:42 - LeBron James told Sports Illustrated Friday that he's decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.
Analysis: James told SI in a first-person story: "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now." He spent his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland. In four years with the Heat, he went to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. And now heads back to Cleveland to see if he can finally deliver on his promise of winning a crown for that title-starved city.
|July 10 7:22 AM PT8:22 AM MT9:22 AM CT10:22 AM ET14:22 GMT22:22 7:22 AM MST9:22 AM EST18:22 UAE16:2210:22 ET9:22 AM CT13:22 - The three-team trade that gave the Cavaliers salary cap space to possibly land James is official.
Analysis: The Cavs and Boston Celtics confirmed the deal on Thursday when the NBA moratorium on signings ended. The deal, first reported on Wednesday, is designed to give the Cavs enough room under the salary cap to offer James, the four-time league MVP, a maximum contract ($20.7 million).
|July 9 7:25 AM PT8:25 AM MT9:25 AM CT10:25 AM ET14:25 GMT22:25 7:25 AM MST9:25 AM EST18:25 UAE16:2510:25 ET9:25 AM CT13:25 - A person familiar with the deals says the Cavaliers have agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack, swingman Sergey Karasev and center Tyler Zeller, moves that can help their pursuit of LeBron James by clearing salary cap space. A person familiar with the deals says the Cavaliers have agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack, swingman Sergey Karasev and center Tyler Zeller, moves that can help their pursuit of LeBron James by clearing salary cap space.
Analysis: The deals would give the Cavs enough salary-cap room to offer superstar free agent James a maximum contract. James is expected to meet with Miami president Pat Riley before making a decision about his NBA future.
|July 8 1:09 PM PT2:09 PM MT3:09 PM CT4:09 PM ET20:09 GMT4:09 1:09 PM MST3:09 PM EST0:09 UAE (+1)22:0916:09 ET3:09 PM CT19:09 - James held meetings for more than three hours in a Las Vegas hotel Tuesday, leaving without giving any indication of what team he'll play for next season.
Analysis: The four-time MVP told The Associated Press he had "no complaints" when asked how free agency was going. He declined to say who he had met with on Tuesday or whether he had made a decision of where he'll play next. James is expected to meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley before making a final decision on his NBA future.
|July 4 5:42 AM PT6:42 AM MT7:42 AM CT8:42 AM ET12:42 GMT20:42 5:42 AM MST7:42 AM EST16:42 UAE14:428:42 ET7:42 AM CT11:42 - Cavs officials met with James' agent, Rich Paul, this week about the free-agent superstar's possible return. The sides visited as James continued his family vacation, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Thursday night.
Analysis: James recently opted out of the final two years of his contract in Miami. The two-time NBA champion has gone to four straight finals with the Heat. However, after the team was throttled by San Antonio in this year's finals, James said he would weigh his options this summer.