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LeBron James leaves open possibility of someday returning to Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 16, 2012

LeBron James says he's happy in Miami, but he hasn't closed the door on a possible return to the Cavaliers.

A contrite, perhaps even remorseful James said Thursday he made a mistake in the way he left the Cavs, he doesn't hold any grudges against Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and he hopes the fans would accept him should he ever want to return.

"I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again," James said. "If I decide to come back, hopefully they'll accept me."

James is in his second season with the Heat and is under contract for two more before he can opt out of the final two years. Whether or not he'd consider returning to Cleveland in 2014 remains to be seen, but James believes he and Gilbert could mend a relationship that was torched when James left the organization via a one-hour television show and Gilbert responded with a scathing letter about him.

"He said what he said out of anger," James said. "He'd probably want to take it back, but I made a mistake, too. There's some things I want to take back as well."

James and Gilbert have not had any contact since the Cavs' free agent meeting with James on July 3, 2010. Asked if he could play for Gilbert's team again, James said "Dan is not the coach. I'll play for any coach. Let's see what happens."

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