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Does the Luol Deng trade signal LeBron won’t return to Cleveland

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

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A lot of the thinking is Luol Deng has the leverage on the Cavs given they gave up so much money and draft picks to do the deal that they cannot afford to lose him. Especially since LeBron James is not coming back to the Cavs, at least not after this season. James has an opt out and there is much speculation about where he might go if he chooses to leave Miami. But until he does decide, anything you hear is unconfirmed as James has remained quiet and no one was predicting Miami his last season on Cleveland. But in hearing from people around and close to James, they pretty much laugh at and dismiss talk that James would entertain returning this summer to the Cavs. Which leaves Deng in potentially even a stronger position to get perhaps a four-year $60 million contract. NBA.com

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