James and Allen were teammates on the Heat for the last two seasons, winning the 2013 title and losing to the Spurs in the Finals last season. The 39-year-old Allen has not decided whether he will join a team this season or retire.
While recovering from knee and back injuries in late December and early January, James spent time in Miami, citing the warm weather as beneficial to his rehab. McMenamin reports that James also recruited Allen to join the Cavaliers this season.
In 73 games last season, Allen averaged 9.6 points while shooting 37.5 percent on three pointers. He is the NBA's all-time leader in three pointers made.
The Cavaliers have won four straight games and are currently the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-20 record. They host the Hornets on Friday.
- Paul Palladino