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Daily Gossip, Monday 7/7/14

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It’s been a busy day in the NBA as free agents are beginning to sign on the dotted line and some others are considering their options. Then you have the biggest free agent of them all: LeBron James. 

ARE CLEVELAND IN THE LEAD FOR LEBRON’S SERVICES? 

It was heavily speculated that LeBron James fancied a return back to Cleveland. Back to his home and back with a point to prove, or unfinished business – however you want to look at it. 

ESPN report that James is ready to leave Miami after winning two championships in his four seasons in South Beach as the Cavaliers are pitching youth and roster stability to the Akron native who started his career as a Cav. 

Per ESPN: The Cavs also believe they have made the greatest move yet this summer, convincing Irving to sign a five-year maximum contract extension in the first few hours of free agency. With No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins under control for the next five seasons as well, the Cavs are pitching youth and roster stability to James, who played on one of the oldest teams in the league last season. The team also potentially owns three first-round picks in the 2015 draft, including the Heat’s pick if they fall outside the top 10. They also have the Memphis Grizzlies’ pick if it falls between Nos. 6 and 14 and their own pick. The Cavs believe they can use these as assets in potential trades to further upgrade the roster if James will come aboard. 

For now though, nothing has been finalised. 

LEBRON’S AGENT WANTS HIM IN CLEVELAND 

James’ agent Rich Paul is even plugging for his asset to head home as well, encouraging the Cavaliers to go all out to get LeBron, Yahoo Sports reports. 

What could also be a clincher is that LeBron might be offered a maximum contract by the Cavs. Something that James has requested. 

BOSH TALKING TO HOUSTON? 

One of the other members of Miami Heat’s ‘big three’ Chris Bosh is reportedly in talks with Houston Rockets. 

The pitch is playing at his natural power forward position alongside one of the best centers in the NBA in Dwight Howard. Bosh is being offered a 4-year deal worth $80million. 

KNICKS SHOPPING BARGNANI? 

New York Knicks are reportedly looking to sell Andrea Bargnani who has a year left on his contract worth $11.5million. 

Knicks president Phil Jackson believes he can find a team for the Italian with sacrificing Tim Hardaway Jr. Bargnani has appeared in just 118 games in three seasons. 

AITO RENESES LEAVES CAJASOL SEVILLE 

Aito Garcia Reneses has officially left Liga Endesa side Cajasol Seville. 

The veteran coach led Seville to the Liga Endesa Playoffs last season. 

MARTINEZ STAYS IN VALENCIA 

Rafa Martinez has signed a 2-year deal with Eurocup winners Valencia, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2016. 

He will be playing in the Euroleague this upcoming season. 

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