Cavs Hire Firm to Probe LeBron Signing

Cleveland 'not letting go' of suspicions against Heat

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2010 10:36 AM CST

(Newser) – The Cleveland Cavaliers think the Miami Heat violated tampering rules in their pursuit of LeBron James, and they're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove it. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has hired a Midwestern law firm to investigate the courtship, sources tell Yahoo! Sports. He intends to build up a healthy pile of evidence from all the way back to 2008 before he requests an NBA investigation.

The law firm is eying an alleged November 2009 meeting between James and Heat owner Pat Riley, as well as a meeting between star player Dwayne Wade and people close to James in June. Riley, James, Wade, and former Toronto star Chris Bosh all say there was no advanced collusion on their Miami union. The Cavs are “not letting go of this," one insider says. "They’re not going to just let this die."

This Oct. 9, 2010, file photo shows Miami Heat's LeBron James throwing powder into the air prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs,  in San Antonio.
This Oct. 9, 2010, file photo shows Miami Heat's LeBron James throwing powder into the air prior to the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Miami Heat's LeBron James, left, goes to the basket as Detroit Pistons' Ben Wallace (6) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2010.
Miami Heat's LeBron James, left, goes to the basket as Detroit Pistons' Ben Wallace (6) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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