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The Factory continued to work overtime Monday, brining you all the latest LeBron rumors. There was “Lettergate,” comparing the Cavs and Heat rosters, the report James would wear No. 32 if he returned, and the news Kyrie Irving is recruiting the King.
So what does it all mean? Nothing, yet. Fox Sports Ohio reporter Sam Amico wrote the Cavs really have no solid feel for what James will ultimately do, but the organization believes they’ll have an answer by Wednesday.
The much hyped meeting with Pat Riley is supposed to take place today or tomorrow, and many are wondering what the tone of that conversation will be.
Riley’s likely to layout his plan for improving the Heat, but some are speculating James will use the face-to-face to breakup with the man who lured him to South Beach four years ago.
Growing expectation that the purpose of LeBron's meeting with Riley will be to inform Heat of his decision to return to the Cavs.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 8, 2014
Chris Sheridan, of SheridanHoops.com, reported a source giving James a 75 percent chance of returning to Cleveland.
• As talk of James’ return continues to dominate headlines, Vegas has taken notice. The MGM had the Cavs odds at winning the NBA title at 40-1. Cleveland is currently a 10-1 favorite to win it all.
“They are our biggest liability right now,” said MGM VP of Race and Sports Jay Rood. “We took a dime ($1,000) on them at 40-1.”
Justin Masterson suffered another setback in last night’s loss to the New York Yankees, and even though the former All-Star is having an off year, he could still command some value on the trade market, according to TD Dery at Waiting For Next Year.
“Yes, I know Masterson has been awful this season, but you know that it is in there for him to be very good. All it takes is one team to think they can cure him. He also wouldn’t be costly, considering he is in his walk year. The way he has been pitching this season, if the Indians did decide to hang onto him and give him the $14 million qualifying offer, I bet he would take it. Trading him may be the better option depending on what you could get.”
• With the Yankees in town, you’re probably noticing ticket prices are a little higher. It’s called dynamic pricing, and you’re paying about 15 percent more than usual to see the Bronx Bombers.
• There was good news and bad news for Ohio State yesterday. OSU quarterback Braxton Miller was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, but Tracy Sprinkle was dismissed from the team for cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse after a fight.