|Apr. 15 7:34 PM PT8:34 PM MT9:34 PM CT10:34 PM ET2:34 GMT10:34 7:34 PM MST9:34 PM EST6:34 UAE (+1)04:3422:34 ET9:34 PM CT1:34 - James sat out Cleveland's regular-season finale to rest for the playoffs and the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-110 in overtime Wednesday night.
Analysis: James spent the night dressed as if he was headed to a business meeting, not the postseason, and the Cavs only played their other starters in the first half.
|Apr. 14 10:20 PM PT11:20 PM MT12:20 AM CT1:20 AM ET5:20 GMT13:20 10:20 PM MST12:20 AM EST9:20 UAE07:201:20 ET12:20 AM CT4:20 - James returned to the court after sitting out one game and recorded a triple-double.
Analysis: James, who sat out Sunday's loss in Boston, had 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes as the Cavaliers improved to 33-9 since Jan. 15. He has 39 career triple-doubles, two this season.
|Apr. 13 1:54 PM PT2:54 PM MT3:54 PM CT4:54 PM ET20:54 GMT4:54 1:54 PM MST3:54 PM EST0:54 UAE (+1)22:5416:54 ET3:54 PM CT19:54 - Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he is going to play James and his other starters Monday night after resting them for a game.
Analysis: The Cavs were blown out 117-78 in Boston on Sunday, with James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith each taking the day off. Center Timofey Mozgov was the only starter to play.
|Apr. 12 12:01 PM PT1:01 PM MT2:01 PM CT3:01 PM ET19:01 GMT3:01 12:01 PM MST2:01 PM EST23:01 UAE21:0115:01 ET2:01 PM CT18:01 - With the No. 2 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference clinched, James and three other starters are not playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics. Coach David Blatt says James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith will not play Sunday.
Analysis: Blatt said all four would play Monday night against Detroit in Cleveland's next to last game of the regular season.
|Apr. 9 9:48 PM PT10:48 PM MT11:48 PM CT12:48 AM ET4:48 GMT12:48 9:48 PM MST11:48 PM EST8:48 UAE06:480:48 ET11:48 PM CT3:48 - James had 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: Yet another stat-stuffing game for King James.
|Apr. 5 7:41 PM PT8:41 PM MT9:41 PM CT10:41 PM ET2:41 GMT10:41 7:41 PM MST9:41 PM EST6:41 UAE (+1)04:4122:41 ET9:41 PM CT1:41 - James finished with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Analysis: It was his first triple-double in a Cleveland uniform since May 13, 2010, two months before he left as a free agent for Miami.
|Apr. 2 8:31 AM PT9:31 AM MT10:31 AM CT11:31 AM ET15:31 GMT23:31 8:31 AM MST10:31 AM EST19:31 UAE17:3111:31 ET10:31 AM CT14:31 - James says he's been calling plays throughout his NBA career and it would be foolish for a coach not to let him do so.
Analysis: James likened the freedom he has on the floor to how NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have leeway to change plays in the huddle. The four-time NBA MVP said he doesn't have the luxury to call all of Cleveland's plays, but the team's coaching staff trusts him to make the right read.
|Apr. 2 5:09 PM PT6:09 PM MT7:09 PM CT8:09 PM ET0:09 GMT8:09 5:09 PM MST7:09 PM EST4:09 UAE (+1)02:0920:09 ET7:09 PM CT23:09 - James has moved into 20th place on the NBA's career scoring list, passing Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.
Analysis: James scored on a hook shot in the lane with 7:22 left in the first quarter Thursday night against Miami, giving him 24,816 points. The 30-year-old has passed several prominent players this season, including Robert Parrish, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson and former teammate Ray Allen. Next on the list is Jerry West with 25,192 points.
|Mar. 20 10:37 AM PT11:37 AM MT12:37 PM CT1:37 PM ET17:37 GMT1:37 10:37 AM MST12:37 PM EST21:37 UAE18:3713:37 ET11:37 AM CT16:37 - James did not attend the Cavaliers' shootaround because of an illness and is questionable for Friday night's game against Indiana.
Analysis: The team did not provide any more details on James' absence. He practiced Thursday as the Cavs prepared to take on the Pacers, a possible first-round playoff opponent. James has missed 11 games this season with a variety of injuries. He sat out two weeks to rest a sore left knee and lower back. The four-time league MVP is averaging 25.8 points, 7.4 assists and 5.7 rebounds.
|Mar. 16 8:39 PM PT9:39 PM MT10:39 PM CT11:39 PM ET3:39 GMT11:39 8:39 PM MST10:39 PM EST7:39 UAE (+1)04:3923:39 ET9:39 PM CT2:39 - James scored 26 points but lost in his second game in Miami this season Monday.
Analysis: James hit 60.4 percent from the field over his previous three before making just 8 of 19 against the Heat.
|Mar. 4 9:11 PM PT10:11 PM MT11:11 PM CT12:11 AM ET5:11 GMT13:11 10:11 PM MST12:11 AM EST9:11 UAE06:110:11 ET11:11 PM CT4:11 - LeBron James has moved into 21st place on the career scoring list with 24,506 points.
Analysis: The Cavaliers' star passed Ray Allen on Tuesday against Boston with a layup in the third quarter. James entered the game with 24,481. James was given a loud ovation by the Quicken Loan Arena fans when the announcement was made on the scoreboard. The four-time MVP scored 21 points in the first half, hitting 9 of 15 from the field. James has also passed Robert Parish, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson this season. Patrick Ewing is in 20th place with 24,815 points.
|Feb. 27 11:01 PM PT12:01 AM MT1:01 AM CT2:01 AM ET7:01 GMT15:01 12:01 AM MST2:01 AM EST11:01 UAE08:012:01 ET1:01 AM CT6:01 - James scored a season-high 42 on 15-of-25 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists in Thursday's win versus Golden State.
Analysis: James was 4 of 9 from deep after a rough seven-game 3-point shooting stretch that saw him go 9 for 40.
|Feb. 27 2:06 PM PT3:06 PM MT4:06 PM CT5:06 PM ET22:06 GMT6:06 3:06 PM MST5:06 PM EST2:06 UAE (+1)23:0617:06 ET4:06 PM CT21:06 - James finished with 37 points in a 105-103 overtime loss to Houston on Sunday after missing one game.
Analysis: James rested his sore lower back in Friday night's 93-86 loss at Indiana. He scored a season-high 42 points against Golden State on Thursday.
|Feb. 24 6:34 PM PT7:34 PM MT8:34 PM CT9:34 PM ET2:34 GMT10:34 7:34 PM MST9:34 PM EST6:34 UAE (+1)03:3421:34 ET8:34 PM CT1:34 - James broke Scottie Pippen's NBA record for career assists by a forward when he found Kevin Love for an open 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Pippen had held the top mark of 6,135 since taking it from John Havlicek in 2004. James tied that with an alley-oop pass to Timofey Mozgov early in the second quarter. Three minutes later, he added No. 6,136 with the pass to Love, who finished with eight 3-pointers for 24 points in the Cavaliers 102-93 win. James finished with 11 assists giving him 6,142 for his career.
|Feb. 13 9:28 PM PT10:28 PM MT11:28 PM CT12:28 AM ET5:28 GMT13:28 10:28 PM MST12:28 AM EST9:28 UAE06:280:28 ET11:28 PM CT3:28 - James had little help Thursday as he showcased his usual level of brilliance.
Analysis: James had 31 points, five rebounds and four assists to go with eight turnovers before jetting off to New York to serve as an NBA All-Star yet again.
|Feb. 10 10:17 AM PT11:17 AM MT12:17 PM CT1:17 PM ET18:17 GMT2:17 11:17 AM MST1:17 PM EST22:17 UAE19:1713:17 ET12:17 PM CT16:17 - James is choosing not to clarify any posts he made in recent days on Twitter, including a message that seemed to be aimed at teammate Kevin Love.
Analysis: On Saturday, James tweeted: "Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts." The phrases, "fit out" and "fit in," are the same words Love used earlier this season to describe how he was trying to mesh with his new team. After Love scored a season-high 32 points on Sunday, James first said his tweets weren't intended for anyone, but later told a few reporters that it was no coincidence his tweet matched Love's words.
|Feb. 3 10:21 PM PT11:21 PM MT12:21 AM CT1:21 AM ET6:21 GMT14:21 11:21 PM MST1:21 AM EST10:21 UAE07:211:21 ET12:21 AM CT4:21 - James had 18 points and 11 assists in Monday's win versus Philadelphia.
Analysis: Fantasy owners never know if they're going to get a high-scoring night or a high rebound or assist total from James, but he continues to almost always deliver in some capacity.
|Jan. 31 9:59 PM PT10:59 PM MT11:59 PM CT12:59 AM ET5:59 GMT13:59 10:59 PM MST12:59 AM EST9:59 UAE06:590:59 ET11:59 PM CT3:59 - James had 19 points and seven assists Friday against the Kings after sitting out Wednesday against Portland with a sprained wrist.
Analysis: It wasn't a spectacular performance by any means but James seemed OK in spite of the injury. "It was a little sore, obviously, being in live action, but it was good," James said.
|Jan. 31 8:41 PM PT9:41 PM MT10:41 PM CT11:41 PM ET4:41 GMT12:41 9:41 PM MST11:41 PM EST8:41 UAE05:4123:41 ET10:41 PM CT2:41 - James poured in 36 points in Saturday's win at Minnesota.
Analysis: James has scored at least 32 in three of his last four games. Cleveland is 27-7 when he scores at least 18.
|Jan. 28 3:01 PM PT4:01 PM MT5:01 PM CT6:01 PM ET23:01 GMT7:01 4:01 PM MST6:01 PM EST3:01 UAE (+1)00:0118:01 ET5:01 PM CT21:01 - James will play against Sacramento on Friday night after missing a game because of a sprained right wrist. The team made the announcement before the game. The Cavaliers are aiming for their ninth straight win.
Analysis: James injured his wrist late in the third quarter Tuesday night when he fell after trying to block a shot by Detroit guard Jodie Meeks. James watched from the bench Wednesday as Kyrie Irving scored 55 points in a 99-94 win over Portland. Irving, who was voted onto the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday, hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left.
|Jan. 23 7:58 PM PT8:58 PM MT9:58 PM CT10:58 PM ET3:58 GMT11:58 8:58 PM MST10:58 PM EST7:58 UAE (+1)04:5822:58 ET9:58 PM CT1:58 - James had 25 points, nine assists and four steals in Friday's easy 129-90 win over Charlotte.
Analysis: James is averaging 29.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting over a six-game stretch since returning from injury. The Cavs have won five in a row.
|Jan. 22 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET23:42 GMT7:42 4:42 PM MST6:42 PM EST3:42 UAE (+1)00:4218:42 ET5:42 PM CT21:42 - James was named to his 11th All-Star team Thursday, though Stephen Curry made a late surge to pass him as the league's overall leading vote-getter.
Analysis: James' 26.0 scoring average is the second-lowest of his career but his 7.4 assists per game are his second most.
|Jan. 20 9:28 AM PT10:28 AM MT11:28 AM CT12:28 PM ET17:28 GMT1:28 10:28 AM MST12:28 PM EST21:28 UAE18:2812:28 ET11:28 AM CT15:28 - James continues to play well since returning from injury. He had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists in Monday's rout of the Bulls.
Analysis: James has averaged 31.8 points and 7.0 boards while shooting 52.3 percent in four games since returning from an eight-game absence.
|Jan. 20 12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET20:30 GMT4:30 1:30 PM MST3:30 PM EST0:30 UAE (+1)21:3015:30 ET2:30 PM CT18:30 - James took part in a shootaround after missing Tuesday's practice with flu-like symptoms and is expected to play against the Utah Jazz.
Analysis: James looked tired and spoke softly when he met with reporters following Wednesday's morning workout. He said he's felt better, and he will try to be on the floor when the Cavs try to extend their winning streak to four at the start of a favorable home stretch. The Cavs are 1-8 this season without James, who recently missed nearly two weeks with a strained back and neck. Since he came back, the Cavs have gone 3-1.
|Jan. 17 10:37 PM PT11:37 PM MT12:37 AM CT1:37 AM ET6:37 GMT14:37 11:37 PM MST1:37 AM EST10:37 UAE07:371:37 ET12:37 AM CT4:37 - James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to go along with three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Clippers.
Analysis: He's averaging 33.7 points in three games since returning from injury.
|Jan. 16 10:28 PM PT11:28 PM MT12:28 AM CT1:28 AM ET6:28 GMT14:28 11:28 PM MST1:28 AM EST10:28 UAE07:281:28 ET12:28 AM CT4:28 - James had 36 points with four 3-pointers to help the Cavs end their skid Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Analysis: James has totaled 69 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and seven 3s in two games since missing eight due to soreness.
|Jan. 14 1:06 PM PT2:06 PM MT3:06 PM CT4:06 PM ET21:06 GMT5:06 2:06 PM MST4:06 PM EST1:06 UAE (+1)22:0616:06 ET3:06 PM CT19:06 - James and David Blatt have downplayed an incident in which the four-time MVP shoved his coach during Cleveland's loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Analysis: In the first half of Tuesday night's game, Blatt was vehemently arguing a call when James pushed him back to the bench. James says he was "just protecting" his coach from getting a technical foul. The incident drew widespread attention from ESPN.
|Dec. 31 3:04 PM PT4:04 PM MT5:04 PM CT6:04 PM ET23:04 GMT7:04 4:04 PM MST6:04 PM EST3:04 UAE (+1)00:0418:04 ET5:04 PM CT21:04 - James had 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his return after a two-week absence Tuesday night.
Analysis: Cavaliers coach David Blatt said before the game that James looked good in the morning shootaround. Cleveland went 1-7 in James' absence and lost its sixth in a row Tuesday.
|Dec. 30 2:44 PM PT3:44 PM MT4:44 PM CT5:44 PM ET22:44 GMT6:44 3:44 PM MST5:44 PM EST2:44 UAE (+1)23:4417:44 ET4:44 PM CT20:44 - James is missing the Cavaliers' game at the Atlanta Hawks with a sore left knee. On his 30th birthday, James was ruled out about 90 minutes before Tuesday night's game.
Analysis: James' status is day to day. Coach David Blatt says that "obviously, we want to get him right." James also was held out of Cleveland's Dec. 11 game at Oklahoma City with soreness in the knee.
|Dec. 16 9:57 PM PT10:57 PM MT11:57 PM CT12:57 AM ET5:57 GMT13:57 10:57 PM MST12:57 AM EST9:57 UAE06:570:57 ET11:57 PM CT3:57 - James had 27 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds in Monday's win over Charlotte.
Analysis: He's averaging 34.3 points and shooting 62.5 percent in his last three games.
|Dec. 13 10:01 PM PT11:01 PM MT12:01 AM CT1:01 AM ET6:01 GMT14:01 11:01 PM MST1:01 AM EST10:01 UAE07:011:01 ET12:01 AM CT4:01 - James returned from injury to drop 41 points in a losing effort Friday.
Analysis: James sat out Thursday with a sore knee, and returned with admirable efficiency. He converted 17 of 24 shots, adding five boards and five assists as well.
|Dec. 12 3:46 PM PT4:46 PM MT5:46 PM CT6:46 PM ET23:46 GMT7:46 4:46 PM MST6:46 PM EST3:46 UAE (+1)00:4618:46 ET5:46 PM CT21:46 - James says his sore left knee won't stop him from returning to Cleveland's lineup against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Analysis: James says his knee began hurting in the second half of Cleveland's win over Toronto on Tuesday night. James says the swelling worsened before Thursday night's game in Oklahoma City. He sat out the 103-94 loss to the Thunder, which snapped the Cavaliers eight-game winning streak.
|Dec. 11 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET23:32 GMT7:32 4:32 PM MST6:32 PM EST3:32 UAE (+1)00:3218:32 ET5:32 PM CT21:32 - James missed the Cleveland Cavaliers' game at Oklahoma City because of a sore left knee.
Analysis: James is day-to-day. Coach David Blatt said James started to have issues following Cleveland's victory over Toronto on Tuesday night.
|Dec. 5 9:33 PM PT10:33 PM MT11:33 PM CT12:33 AM ET5:33 GMT13:33 10:33 PM MST12:33 AM EST9:33 UAE06:330:33 ET11:33 PM CT3:33 - James had 19 points and a season-high 12 assists in Thursday's win at New York.
Analysis: James' scoring is down a bit lately with 21.8 points per game over his last eight contests, but he's also averaging 8.9 assists in that span.
|Nov. 27 10:25 PM PT11:25 PM MT12:25 AM CT1:25 AM ET6:25 GMT14:25 11:25 PM MST1:25 AM EST10:25 UAE07:251:25 ET12:25 AM CT4:25 - James scored 29 and was 14 of 17 from the free-throw line with 10 rebounds and eight assists in Wednesday's blowout of Washington.
Analysis: James has scored 29 points in back-to-back games after he scored 52 over his previous three. The key has been getting to the free-throw line, as he was 9 of 11 in Monday's win over Orlando.
|Nov. 25 11:14 PM PT12:14 AM MT1:14 AM CT2:14 AM ET7:14 GMT15:14 12:14 AM MST2:14 AM EST11:14 UAE08:142:14 ET1:14 AM CT5:14 - James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Analysis: After bluntly assessing his own play at Monday's shootaround, saying, "I stink," James took control early and sparked his team to a much-needed comfortable win. After averaging 18.5 points and shooting 41 percent from the field in the losing streak, James was 9 for 17 from the field Monday and tied a season-high with 11 assists while not playing the fourth quarter.
|Nov. 24 9:06 AM PT10:06 AM MT11:06 AM CT12:06 PM ET17:06 GMT1:06 10:06 AM MST12:06 PM EST21:06 UAE18:0612:06 ET11:06 AM CT15:06 - With the Cavaliers on a four-game losing streak and failing to live up to enormous expectations, LeBron James offered a critical analysis of his own game. "I stink," he said. "I'm not doing my job."
Analysis: James believes the Cavs (5-7) will have to overcome even tougher adversity at some point this season. James says he "has to do better" and be more of a leader for Cleveland to snap out of its early season funk.
|Nov. 20 10:04 PM PT11:04 PM MT12:04 AM CT1:04 AM ET6:04 GMT14:04 11:04 PM MST1:04 AM EST10:04 UAE07:041:04 ET12:04 AM CT4:04 - James was just 6 of 17 from the field and scored 15 points in a 92-90 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night.
Analysis: The Cleveland Cavaliers star was averaging 31.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting in his prior four games.
|Nov. 17 2:35 PM PT3:35 PM MT4:35 PM CT5:35 PM ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST2:35 UAE (+1)23:3517:35 ET4:35 PM CT20:35 - James will play against Denver after missing the team's morning shootaround because of a cold.
Analysis: James told reporters an hour before tipoff Monday that ''I've been better,'' but ''I'm walking.'' He says the cold has been bothering him for a couple of days.
|Nov. 16 9:53 PM PT10:53 PM MT11:53 PM CT12:53 AM ET5:53 GMT13:53 10:53 PM MST12:53 AM EST9:53 UAE06:530:53 ET11:53 PM CT3:53 - James scored 32 on 13-of-20 shooting with seven assists in Saturday's win over Atlanta.
Analysis: LeBron is looking like himself again, averaging 31.8 points on 56.1 percent shooting during Cleveland's four-game winning streak. He averaged 23.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting through the first four contests.
|Nov. 15 9:00 PM PT10:00 PM MT11:00 PM CT12:00 AM ET5:00 GMT13:00 10:00 PM MST12:00 AM EST9:00 UAE06:000:00 ET11:00 PM CT3:00 - James was simply sensational in a scintillating display of basketball artistry Friday.
Analysis: James had 10 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth quarter of a win at Boston. He added seven assists and four rebounds heading into Saturday's home matchup with the Hawks.
|Nov. 8 9:14 PM PT10:14 PM MT11:14 PM CT12:14 AM ET5:14 GMT13:14 10:14 PM MST12:14 AM EST9:14 UAE06:140:14 ET11:14 PM CT3:14 - James was at his magnificent best Friday.
Analysis: James had 22 points, 11 assists and seven boards, showcasing why the two-time NBA champion is one of its shining stars and brightest lights.
|Nov. 5 9:45 PM PT10:45 PM MT11:45 PM CT12:45 AM ET5:45 GMT13:45 10:45 PM MST12:45 AM EST9:45 UAE06:450:45 ET11:45 PM CT3:45 - James finished with just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's 101-82 loss at Portland.
Analysis: James is shooting 40.4 percent through his first three games with Cleveland, way down from last season's mark of 56.7.
|Nov. 1 9:43 PM PT10:43 PM MT11:43 PM CT12:43 AM ET4:43 GMT12:43 9:43 PM MST11:43 PM EST8:43 UAE05:430:43 ET10:43 PM CT2:43 - James bounced back from a rough opening night, scoring 36 and adding eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in Friday's win at Chicago.
Analysis: James showed there's no reason for fantasy owners to panic with an excellent performance against one of the NBA's best defensive teams.
|Oct. 31 10:54 PM PT11:54 PM MT12:54 AM CT1:54 AM ET5:54 GMT13:54 10:54 PM MST12:54 AM EST9:54 UAE06:541:54 ET11:54 PM CT3:54 - James had 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in his return to Cleveland on Thursday, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks.
Analysis: The Cavs star will next face the team that was the best defensively against him in 2013-14. The Chicago Bulls limited James to 18.3 points and 39.2 percent shooting in three matchups last season.
|Oct. 14 9:01 AM PT10:01 AM MT11:01 AM CT12:01 PM ET16:01 GMT0:01 9:01 AM MST11:01 AM EST20:01 UAE18:0112:01 ET11:01 AM CT15:01 - James will not play in the Cavaliers' exhibition game against Milwaukee.
Analysis: With Cleveland scheduled for three preseason games in four days, coach David Blatt wants to rest his superstar Tuesday night. James is not injured and Blatt says this is "just part of our process and part of our management of how we want to approach preseason and best get him ready for the start of the season." James has been bothered by a stiff back early in training camp.
|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.