Cavs Clear LeBron-Sized Cap Space; Pursue Ray Allen, Mike Miller

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are either doing a real fine job of actually luring back prodigal son LeBron James or at least making Miami Heat fans really jealous in the process. The Cavs completed a three-team trade today that would free up just enough money to sign James to his desired max contract.

If that wasn't alarming enough, they're also pursuing both Mike Miller and Ray Allen, two guys who did more than their share in last year's Finals to help James snag his second ring. Is Cavs owner Dan Gilbert hoping they'll help James get his third?

LeBron is of course in Vegas today and is expected to meet with Pat Riley, and he better have one heck of a pitch.

See also: Five Ways LeBron Could Restage "the Decision" but Make It Work This Time

ESPN has details of the Cavs trade, but the salient point to Heat fans is that it freed up $21.7 million in cap space for the team. LeBron's max salary would be $20.7 million next season.

ESPN's Chris Broussard also reports that the team is going after Mike Miller and Ray Allen, who are both free agents at the moment. Both are friends of James, though they'd likely have to try and free up more cap space in order to sign Allen, let alone Allen and Miller together. Though, there's no telling if either would be willing to take pay cuts.

The report also states that Allen has shied away from thoughts of retirement and is now leaning towards playing a 19th season in the NBA.

Cleveland could basically be offering James the opportunity to play with two of his old buddies and three of the last four first-round draft picks in Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennet and Andrew Wiggins. He'd be the unquestioned leader on that team.

Let's not get too worried, but damn.

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Derek Hoyos
Derek Hoyos

Fuck lebron!!! I never liked his pompous ass!!

George Hoover
George Hoover

That seems like a better move than the two dorks Pat picked, one elbowed LBJ in the neck and the other is always injured!

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

Approaching…? As soon as he left Cleveland the crazy ex-girlfriend came out. Including a nasty letter and fans burning things. Crazy, Angry people in Cleveland. And they think he's going back.

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

Hey look 12:05 am its officially national eat crow day! Oh and look LeBron is only meeting with the Heat and no other teams not even ole gil gil and the slave trade up there in Cleveland - going to be another sad winter...

Johnnie Rocko
Johnnie Rocko

Did someone really just claim tha "Spo" is a good coach? What's in the Kool-Aid Batman? Monchi-chi will be washing dishes when he gets canned from this gig which will be shortly with or without Lebron.

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

That is the best headline I've ever seen you guys write.

Mike Durbin
Mike Durbin

No Troy....the Cavaliers are building their team to be better than Miami. LeBron will win more NBA championships coming back to Cleveland than staying with the players Pat Riley had been able to bring into Miami this offseason.

Cory Durbin
Cory Durbin

Butt hurt Miami fans... Welcome to the life of a clevelander. Crack all the jokes you want, the choice is LeBrons

Ren Nitzsche
Ren Nitzsche

Why isn't Adam and Karli assigned to this ??

Robert Bell
Robert Bell

SAY WHAT U WANT ABOUT CLEVELAND MIAMI FUNNY THING IS LEBRON LEAVES U GUYS WILL B APPROACHING "MIAMI CAVALIERS" STATUS. HAVE FUN WITH THAT

Eric Francis
Eric Francis

3 hours, 15 comments. The articulate and engaged local readers can be counted on one hand. By nightfall there will be nearly 15-20 Heat fans upset.

Jeremy Ols
Jeremy Ols

Sorry Alex, we are real fans. Fan is short for fanatic. We haven't won in 50 years and still have loyal fans, you wouldn't understand

Joseph Martinez
Joseph Martinez

^^^^^F U.........Miami....show up at the Game on time.....

Brian Miceli
Brian Miceli

Dwayne Wade and the D leaguers, 2014 addition!

Ricky Autonym
Ricky Autonym

Heat are gonna be a lottery team this season

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

approaching?? theyve been like that for a while now. I just love the way cavs and nba calls out miami heat fans for being "bandwagoners". How come no one is calling the Cavs pathetic? Whats gonna be funny is hearing all the people once again call Lebron a traitor and how he doesnt care about Cleveland when he ignores them. And Cleveland you can do all you want to become Miami Heat but you aint ever gonna have the godfather and Spo...

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

As a transplanted Clevelander, if he leaves the MIA I hope he lands in C Town.

Jeremy Bailey
Jeremy Bailey

Miami New Times quickly approaching abusive ex-boyfriend status.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

I would only be happy if Lebron takes the whole Heat organization to Cleveland with him.  That way my tax dollars wouldn't be wasted on Crony Subsidies to that racist organization.

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