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Conflicting Reports Cloud Future of Top NBA Free Agent LeBron James

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket by Drew Gooden #90 while playing the Washington Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 25, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket by Drew Gooden #90 while playing the Washington Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 25, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — As LeBron James remains the largest NBA free agent domino to fall, Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com remains adamant a decision has been made, and James will be returning to Cleveland, after four seasons away in Miami.

Here’s the report, from Sheridan:

The Decision has been made. LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source tells SheridanHoops.com.

James met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley today in Las Vegas to deliver the news. A contingent of other Heat officials were informed they were not welcome at the meeting, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

More from Sheridan:

Conflicting reports indicate no decision has been made, but after a lengthy meeting in Las Vegas with Pat Riley, James has decided he will not meet with any other teams before his ultimate decision is reached.

Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard have reported for ESPN:

LeBron James met with Miami Heat officials for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas but emerged without a decision about his future, sources told ESPN.com.

James didn’t plan to announce a free-agent decision Wednesday night and had not met with his other primary option, the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said.

Other outlets have echoed the latter reports, adding James will now meet with family to discuss his future.

James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, the team which selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.

If the Sheridan report holds true, James would be departing Miami where he’s made four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two.

A little more than two weeks ago, James informed the Heat he’d be opting out of the final two years of his contract, instantly solidifying himself as the most highly sought after free agent in years.

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