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If LeBron James takes his talent to another team, Miami Heat fans will forever remember June 24, 2014 as “Opt-Out Tuesday.”
Heat fans are notorious for arriving late and leaving early, so there is a chance they won’t know James left until Decmeber.
There IS the chance James could return to the Heat and this is just his way of putting pressure on Pat Riley to bring in some more big guns.
Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto writes:
“[Opting out is] designed to let the Miami Heat know that there better be a roster upgrade coming. He’s no longer committed to them. The Heat must romance him, once again. It’s also to tell the rest of the league that Carmelo Anthony isn’t the only big star available.”
While a large faction of Cavs fans dream about James’ return, Cleveland general manager David Griffin is two days away from making his first draft choice–a move that will impact the franchise for years to come.
• ESPN writer Chad Ford wrote the Cavs are torn between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, and that owner Dan Gilbert has mandated the team reach the playoffs this season. Connect the dots, and that hints toward the Cavs taking Parker, who may be the most NBA-ready player in the draft.
Ford added that Griffin was set on taking Joel Embiid, but called an audible after Embiid’s reported foot trouble.
• In Browns news, Josh Gordon hasn’t been suspended yet, but there has been debate on whether Johnny Manziel should curb his partying ways, especially with rookies meeting this week in Aurora, Ohio for the NFL Rookie Symposium.
Dawg Pound Daily and Factory of Sadness Editor Jared Mueller, who works full-time as a counselor, penned an interesting column examining if Johnny Football needs an alcohol assessment.
• In Buckeye Nation, Bucknuts are rejoicing over freshman D’Angelo Russel finally enrolling for summer classes. Russell had been unable to start school because he was waiting for the NCAA to clear him for eligibility.
Bleacher Report columnist Scott Polacek examined why Russell is so needed by Thad Matta and company.