Monday July 7th, 2014

LeBron James' "inner circle", including his wife Savannah, reportedly believe he should return to Cleveland, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.

Sheridan cites a "source who has been briefed" on James' free agency. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that James' agent, Rich Paul, was also pushing him to return to the Cavaliers. According to multiple reports, James and Paul will meet face-to-face this week with Heat president Pat Riley.

Speculation that James might return to Cleveland heated up Sunday night after ESPN's Chris Broussard wrote on Twitter that he believed the Cavaliers were now the frontrunner to sign James.

Wojnarowski reports that the Cavaliers are trying to clear enough cap space to be able to offer James the max contract he is said to be seeking. Cleveland and Brooklyn reportedly have agreed on a deal that would send Jarrett Jack and his $6.2 million cap hit to the Nets, but the deal is contingent upon Cleveland finding a team willing to take Brooklyn's Marcus Thornton and his $8.7 million expiring contract.

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