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Heat owner Micky Arison handled LeBron Jame's departure from Miami with class, thanking LeBron for his time.

"I am shocked and disappointed in today's news," Arison wrote on his Twitter account. "However I will never forget what LeBron brought us for four years. Thanks for memories [LeBron James]."

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LeBron James will return to Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers, he announced on Friday.

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After flying with LeBron James from Las Vegas to Miami, Dwyane Wade was reportedly "still unsure" whether LeBron was favoring the Heat or Cavaliers.

This non-update is par the course with LeBron's free agency. He met with the Heat on Wednesday but he's said nothing publicly, and it's not even guaranteed that he'll announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup final in Brazil this weekend. The longer he stays silent the more frenzied the speculation becomes -- his official website has been crashing due to heavy traffic for three days, and he's had more Google searches this week than at any point during the NBA's regular season.

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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to LeBron James remains a complicating factor in James' decision whether to return to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com.

A source told Chris Broussard, "If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago." The letter's comic sans font has become a punchline in the four years since Gilbert wrote it following "The Decision," but it's vitriolic content is no laughing matter for James, and it won't be amusing to the Cavs either if he chooses to re-sign with Miami. LeBron is expected to announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup on Saturday, but there are no guarantees.

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LeBron James is traveling back to Miami on Thursday night and will then travel to Brazil.

He is expected to travel to Brazil on Saturday, so he'll have a little over a day to make his decision stateside. Of course, he could make his decision while in Brazil and do something associated with the World Cup -- ESPN does have a fancy set at the Copacabana beach after all. Regardless, it doesn't sound like we'll be hearing his decision on Thursday night.

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LeBron James has no plans to travel to Ohio on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

James has been at his basketball camp in Vegas for the past few days where he met with Pat Riley and has been visited by Dwyane Wade. Reports that he was to announce his decision around 3:00 pm ET on Thursday have proved to be erroneous, and it seems the waiting game for his announcement will continue.

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Bath, Ohio police say they are not preparing for extra police details, according to NBC's Tom Winter.

So goes the ongoing speculation surrounding LeBron. Whether he is or is not announcing his decision in the near future, the NBA world will remain on edge until he clarifies where he will be taking his talents to next.

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Police in Bath, Ohio are expected to increase patrols near LeBron James' Akron home on Thursday after 3:00 pm ET, according to Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Trexler also mentions that an announcement is expected "tonight," although there have been no other mentions among media members about a definitive time-table for LeBron's decision. It is another interesting development in the LeBron James free agency saga. There seems to be a growing sentiment among fans and media members alike that James is preparing to return to Cleveland, but it's been mostly speculation to this point and only LeBron knows what his next move will be.

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LeBron James has all the information he needs from teams and will no longer take meetings, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

The report has been confirmed by USA Today's Sam Amick, Marc Spears of Yahoo!, and ESPN's Chris Broussard, so these reports are almost factual. LeBron met with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday and didn't make a decision, so that will go down as one of the most important free agent meetings in NBA history. It's certainly interesting that he won't meet with the Cavs because David Blatt is new to being an NBA coach and David Griffin is their new general manager. Hopefully, he'll have a decision in the next couple days.

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LeBron James left the meeting with president Pat Riley without committing to a deal with the Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports.

There are some reports surfacing that he's going to announce his decision on his website, but it's all just a guessing game right now. LeBron could make his decision before he goes to the World Cup Final on Sunday, but even that is just a guess at this point. The Heat may have been hoping to get a deal done, so today probably didn't go as well as they hoped.