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LeBron James Shifts NBA's Balance of Power; Ranking the Top 5 Teams for 2014-15

Which Fans are the Happiest Heading into 2015?
LeBron James Shifts NBA's Balance of Power; Ranking the Top 5 Teams for 2014-15

LeBron James has officially announced that he’s returning home to the great state of Ohio. Just like that, the tectonic plates that normally lie dormant at the foundation of the NBA have undeniably shifted, in doing so redesigning the landscape of what was becoming a predictable league. Without LeBron, it seems as though the Miami Heat will snap back to reality. On the other hand, Cleveland, the winner of the LeBron-sweepstakes, should benefit enormously.

Why LeBron James Will Stay With The Miami Heat

Hold Your Horses, James Opting-Out Doesn't Mean He's Leaving South Beach
Why LeBron James Will Stay With The Miami Heat

LeBron James - the world’s greatest active basketball player - has officially opted-out of his contract with the Miami Heat. This wasn’t a completely unexpected move, but the timing is a bit curious. James was slated to earn $20.6 million in his fifth year with the young franchise. Now, LeBron becomes an unrestricted free agent, giving him the chance to sign with any team in the NBA starting July 1st.

3 Most Likely Landing Spots for Carmelo Anthony

What Does the Offseason Hold for Free Agency's Most Wanted Man?
Three Potential Landing Spots for Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has a monumental decision to make in the coming weeks. Stay with the Knicks or bolt town to join a more promising contender? Will it be as dramatic as LeBron’s “The Decision”? That’s not possible. Still, one of the most lethal scorers in the NBA will get his fair share of attention from suitors this offseason.

 

2014 NBA Finals Preview and Prediction: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

Schedule, Positional Matchups and Predictions
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Heat-Spurs: 2014 NBA Finals Preview

The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat face off for the second year in a row in the NBA Finals. Last year, the flashy stars from South Beach prevailed over the fundamental, blue-collar team from the Lonestar State. But this year, the home court advantage is reversed, with the majority of the games being played at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. 

Athlon’s Essential Eleven Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.
<p> Rounding up the web's best sports links from the NFL, college football, MLB, NBA so you don't have to.</p>

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for May 4.

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