LEBRON LEADS CAV RE­BUILD

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CLEVE­LAND Cava­liers star LeBron James claims he wants to see the team stock­pile more tal­ent in the off­sea­son to pre­pare for another run at an NBA ti­tle next sea­son.

James spoke on Satur­day at a screen­ing in his home town of Akron, Ohio, of the new ro­man­tic com­edy in which he plays him­self,

James, who signed his own new two- year con­tract worth $ 46 mil­lion with the Cava­liers on Satur­day, has seen the Cavs sign deals with for- ward Kevin Love, guard Iman Shumpert and guard Mo Wil­liams.

“It has been good so far, but we have a lot of work to do,” James said. “We def­i­nitely don’t want to come back the same team. We want to come back bet­ter.

‘‘ But right now, we’ve been do­ing so far, so good.”

The Cava­liers, who lost 4- 2 to Golden State in last month’s NBA fi­nals, are still look­ing to re- sign top re­bounder Tris­tan Thompson and guards Matthew Dellave­dova and J. R. Smith.

“We still got to re- sign Tris­tan,”T i t ” J James said. “Hope­fully we can bring back J. R. as well and see if there’s some other free agents out there that would love to come here and play if we’re able to do that.”

They had talked with Brook­lyn about Joe John­son but with the Nets waiv­ing Deron Wil­liams, who ap­pears set to sign with Dal­las, they are not as in­ter­ested in let­ting John­son leave.

The Cava­liers were re­port­edly talk­ing with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers and LA Clip­pers in hopes of ob­tain­ing a re­serve player who might con­trib­ute next sea­son.

Pic­ture: TONY DEJAK

KING’S DE­CREE: Cleve­land Cava­liers

for­ward LeBron James dur­ing last sea­son’s 4- 2 NBA play­off se­ries loss to the Golden State War­riors. The 30- year- old Olympian wants to see the Ohio team re­ju­ve­nated for

next sea­son.

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