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Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:31pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, announcing the move on Friday in a heartfelt letter that set off celebrations in the home state he infuriated in 2010 by fleeing via free agency to the Miami Heat.

"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now," said James in an exclusive co-authored essay with Sports Illustrated.

"But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from.

"I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there's no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get," the essay reads.

James said he sat down man-to-man with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to discuss the letter Gilbert wrote scolding James and calling him a coward following the infamous "Decision" to join the Heat.

Kevin Love might be the next superstar to parade into Cleveland, with number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins "in play" in a potential deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Multiple reports indicated the Cavaliers were pushing to acquire Love without parting with Wiggins, the Kansas product who said last week he believes his future will be in Cleveland.

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are also interested in Love.   Continued...

LeBron James (R) looks to pass past San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker of France during the second half in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Stone