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NBA: LeBron James to rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers

Published on Jul 12, 2014 1:12 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - LeBron James announced on Friday that he will rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, returning to the hometown club he spurned in 2010 after sparking the Miami Heat to two NBA titles.

The dramatic move from the 29-year-old James, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, ended days of speculation about his free agency choice, which had Cleveland fans in a frenzy of anticipation.

"In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have," James, who grew up just south of Cleveland in Akron, told Sports Illustrated in a first-person essay.

"I'm ready to accept the challenge. I'm coming home."

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