The Defector: LeBron James Decides to Head to Miami

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After several days of anticipation Lebron James announced that he's going to Miami next season to play with the Heat.

Reports out overnight, which was also every Cavs fan worst nightmare, proved to be true that LeBron would join his buddies and fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh down south.

Shortly after Lebron's announcement Cavs General Manager Chris Grant released this statement:

"We believe in this team, this organization, this community, and what we will do to compete at the highest level. We believe in the new coach and leader we have in Byron Scott, and the world class basketball organization and positive and strong culture we've established. Dan Gilbert and our ownership group are firmly committed to reaching our goals and succeeding on the court and in the community, at the highest level."

"Our fans stepped up and showed their support, to a degree unlike anywhere else. We are fortunate to have the support of the best fans in the NBA. That passion and dedication will be rewarded.  We will work relentlessly to continue to build a team that will contend. A team that will win championships.   We are all competitors and our one goal is to win, that and Dan Gilbert and our ownership team's commitment and investment in this organization and community are constants that will not change."

James announced his decision from a Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Here's a look at LeBron's past few days as a free agent:

July 8th

The Decision. LeBron announced he's headed to Miami to play with D-Wade and Chris Bosh  during a prime-time special on ESPN.

July 7th

LeBron tweeted that he was headed to his Nike Skills basketball camp in Akron, Ohio. So that shot down rumors he was headed back to NYC for another Knicks meeting in the morning hours.

July 6th

Lebron returns for Day 2 of Nike Skills camp.

July 5th

Lebron shows up at the Nike Skills camp at the University of Akron. Also there was Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.

July 4th

Nothing....wasn't seen anywhere.

July 3rd

Meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers in the morning

Meeting with the Chicago Bulls in the afternoon

July 2

First up was the Heat.
Team president Pat Riley was joined by Heat owner Micky Arison, coach Erik Spoelstra and former Heat center Alonzo Mourning.

Riley's ultimate vision is to re-sign guard Dwyane Wade and also land free agent Chris Bosh and James.

After the Heat, it was the LA Clippers turn.

"We are perfectly positioned to engage this summer's free-agent marketplace and we have every intention of playing an active role," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement.

"We are honored to be one of the select organizations to have been invited to meet with LeBron James and his team. At that time, we intend to present the many reasons why his joining our organization is the best possible choice he could make.

"Key among those reasons is our extraordinary nucleus of players. We have a core group in place which is made up of talented players at every position, a component which would prove attractive to any free agent."

July 1

The Nets entourage started their pitch for the King around 11am Thursday. The traveling party included new owner Mikhail Prokhorov, coach Avery Johnson, president Rod Thorn and hip-hop superstar Jay-Z, a part-owner and James' longtime friend.

They met with James for almost two hours.

After the Nets came the Knicks..the New York Knicks. The Knicks arrived shortly before 1pm at the IMG offices in Cleveland.

James Dolan's posse had plenty of equipment with them. They met for about two and-a-half hours.

Following that meeting Lebron retired to his home in Bath Township.

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