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LeBron rumors: Timeline since Finals

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Speculation has swirled around LeBron James' future since the Heat were eliminated by the Spurs in five games in the 2014 NBA Finals. With the four-time MVP on the brink of making his free-agent announcement, we took stock of every significant development over that span.

LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland

July 11

Report: Cavs believed Thursday it was only a matter of time before James committed to them

Report: Infamous Dan Gilbert letter still an issue for LeBron

Report: Free agent market locked until LeBron decides

Report:James travel plans' have been in place for over a month

Report: James' camp has predicted he'd make decision and quickly leave for Brazil 

Report: Miami counting on Wade to help lure LeBron

Report: Cleveland, Miami expect decision before LeBron flies to Brazil for World Cup final this weekend

Report: Cavs talked with agents of players to potentially join LeBron's supporting cast

Report: Wade expected to be on flight with James to Miami

July 10

Fans gathering outside of LeBron's house

Report: Wade, LeBron together at camp

Report: LeBron has no plans to travel to Ohio

Report: Cavs still don't know about LeBron's decision

Report: Cops increase security around LeBron's house in anticipation of announcement

Report: Cavs pressed Nets to finalize paper work on trade to clear cap space

Report: LeBron cancels plans to return to Akron after Vegas meeting; flying straight to Brazil for WC final

July 9

Report: James, Heat's Pat Riley exit Vegas meeting without agreement

Report: NBA GMs expect James to ask for 1-2 year max deal from Heat

Report: Cavaliers trade Jack to Nets, Zeller to Celtics in three-team deal 

Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to see LeBron James on the Knicks

July 8

Report: Meeting date set for James, Heat president Pat Riley

Report: James, Dwyane Wade dine together in Las Vegas 

Report: James' agent pushing for return to Cleveland 

Report: Pat Riley Confident Big Three will return to Miami

July 7

Report: Chris Bosh tells Rockets: 'I want to be in Miami, I want to play with LeBron'

ColumnLeBron, Gilbert must overcome differences for Cleveland reunion

Column: Cleveland not a realistic basketball destination for LeBron James

Report: LeBron James' agent pushing for return to Cleveland

Report: Heat agree to sign Josh McRoberts to four-year deal

Report: Heat agree to sign Danny Granger to two-year deal

July 6

Report: LeBron James to meet with Pat Riley soon about free agency

July 3

Report: LeBron James’ agent meets with 4 teams, additional talks planned

July 2

Report: LeBron’s Decision 2.0 by the numbers

July 1

Report: Heat's Big Three will give Pat Riley window to assemble roster

Report: Agent denies report of Wade, Bosh taking big paycuts

June 30

Report: LeBron will be asking for max contract

June 29

Report: Suns will try to add LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony

June 28

Report: Heat’s Dwyane Wade opts out; Chris Bosh still undecided

June 26

Report: Heat acquire James favorite Shabazz Napier in draft night trade 

June 25

Report: Rockets trade Omar Asik to Pelicans to clear cap space for LeBron run
Report: How your team will try and fail to land LeBron James this offseason
Report: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh meet Wednesday  

June 24

Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Column: With Lebron opting out, pressure now on Miami to convince him to stay

June 19

Report: LeBron and Savannah James said to be expecting

June 17

Report: LeBron to have discussion with Wade, Bosh on future

June 16

Column: There’s work to do, but the Big Three should stay in Miami 
Report: LeBron sidesteps questions about future after Finals loss

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-- Chris Johnson, Evan Webeck, Jessica Pifalo

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