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LeBron James returns to Cavs

It's official: LeBron James has returned to his first NBA team, agreeing to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after he left them for the Miami Heat. Suddenly the moribund franchise is a contender again, just as it was before James' exit. Still, many questions surround James' decision to team up with owner Dan Gilbert, new coach David Blatt, holdover star Kyrie Irving and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. What's your take?

  • How surprised are you that LeBron James is going back to Cleveland?

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  • If you were a Cavaliers fan, would you forgive LeBron James for leaving in 2010?

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  • Should Cavs owner Dan Gilbert publicly apologize to LeBron James for his critical letter following James' departure in 2010?

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  • What jersey number should LeBron James wear with the Cavaliers?

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  • Which are you more looking forward to seeing?

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  • How would you characterize LeBron James' four years in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? (2 MVPs, 2 titles, 4 Finals appearances)

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  • What is your opinion of LeBron James?

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      59%
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  • How has your opinion of LeBron James changed since his first stint with the Cavaliers?

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  • Which statement better characterizes LeBron James leaving Miami to go back to Cleveland?

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  • What should Cavaliers fans be most worried about concerning the return of LeBron James?

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  • How will the Cavaliers fare this season?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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      34%
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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

  • Where will LeBron James play next season?

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      49%
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  • Where will Chris Bosh play next season?

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      60%
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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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      39%
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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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      21%
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      44%
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  • Which is more likely to happen?

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  • Which team would be the best fit for Lance Stephenson?

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Where will LeBron James play?

Although LeBron James opted out of his contract, conventional wisdom suggested he would re-sign with the Miami Heat and give things another go with the rest of the Big Three. But now that's not so clear, as reportedly James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren't quite on the same page. Meanwhile, with James himself on vacation, sources say his agent, Rich Paul, might have met with representatives for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns and possibly the Cleveland Cavaliers. Will James really leave South Florida?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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  • If he leaves the Heat, where will LeBron James go?

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  • Which of these teams would give LeBron James the best shot at contending for titles?

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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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      21%
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      44%
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  • How many members of the Big Three will play for the Heat next season?

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      36%
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      34%
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NBA free agency predictions?

July 1 marks the beginning of NBA free agency, and what a time it should be. LeBron James is available. So are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, James' and Bosh's fellow Big Three member Dwyane Wade and -- perhaps briefly, if he re-signs as expected -- Dirk Nowitzki. That's not to mention restricted free agents such as Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, plus trade targets like Kevin Love. What will happen when the players start moving?

Where will LeBron James play next season?

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    49%
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  • Where do you want LeBron James to play next season?

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  • How many of the Heat's Big Three will return next season?

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  • Which team will Carmelo Anthony play for next season?

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  • Behind LeBron James, who is the best unrestricted free agent on the market this summer?

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  • On which team will Kevin Love be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Will restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe (Suns), Gordon Hayward (Jazz) and Greg Monroe (Pistons) change teams this summer?

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Welcome to LeBron James Free Agent Frenzy 2.0. Yes, the two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him available to effectively everyone.

Naturally, everyone is interested. And we don't just mean NBA teams.

Sure, fans of all Association teams are dreaming of LeBron in their colors ...



... but some interesting proposals hit the Internet from all sorts of teams and institutions.

Naturally, the former football player generated some NFL interest:




Meanwhile, some hockey teams also expressed interest (extra points to the Blue Jackets for the subtlety of their pitch).





Also vying for LeBron's services: the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, the United States' rugby sevens team and perhaps the most popular unit in all of America right now:





Let's not forget the Brazos Valley Bombers, a summer collegiate baseball team that -- wait. We don't remember including your team in our SportsNation poll!



Finally, Major League Soccer showed an undeniable appreciation for King James -- but not the one you're thinking of. That would be James Rodriguez, aka James, a Colombian midfielder who has sparked his side to three straight wins in the 2014 World Cup.



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