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LeBron James coming back to Cleveland, spurning Miami Heat

As first reported by Sports Illustrated, LeBron is coming home.

As it had been trending towards for the better part of the last 72-96 hours, LeBron James is returning home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In four seasons with the Miami Heat, James had played in four NBA Finals, winning two championships. "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now," James told Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, who broke the monumental scoop.

LeBron famously would've been an Ohio State Buckeye had the current rule all-but-forcing prep athletes to play a year in college had been in effect at the time he went pro out of St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, OH. In fact, LeBron's been a major donor to the university despite his never having attended the university and even has his own locker in the Ohio State basketball locker room.

With LeBron James added to the fold, the Cavs now feature Kyrie Irving and James predominately with a supporting cast including No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has been linked to prospective trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwovles for multiple time NBA all-star Kevin Love. Regardless of whether Love or Wiggins is in the mix, the Cavs almost instantly become one of the favorites to win the NBA's Eastern Conference.