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Cavs Reportedly Investigating LeBron James, Heat for Tampering

Dec 1, 2010 – 5:21 PM
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Dan Gilbert will "spare no expense" in an investigation into whether the Heat illegally tampered with LeBron James before signing him in July, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reports that Gilbert has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in hiring a high-powered law firm to construct a case, which he will then bring to David Stern for an NBA investigation. That case is planned to contain details of calls, meetings and plans between James, the Heat and Dwyane Wade before they were allowed on July 1, 2010.

The Cavaliers had no comment to FanHouse on the report.


Among the alleged meetings were one between Pat Riley and James in Miami in November 2009, as well as one between Wade and James' inner circle in June 2010.

According to a source quoted in the report, the Cavs "are determined to get everything out there. They're not letting go of this. They're not going to just let this die."

The NBA won't launch an investigation into tampering without a team's request. Gilbert is reportedly waiting until he's got enough evidence to present Stern. If the NBA investigates and finds the Heat guilty, they could be faced with front-office suspensions, fines, or a loss of draft picks.

James returns home Thursday night when his Heat play the Cavaliers.

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