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LeBron to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

After days of speculation, NBA free agent forward LeBron James has decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Sports Illustrated. 

The two-time NBA champ announced his decision hereJames opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat on June 24, right after the Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Tweets to welcome "The King" home are flooding Twitter. Here's a few...

Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert: Welcome Home @KingJames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them.

Cedar Point: Welcome home, @KingJames! What happens next at Cedar Point? Stay tuned! @cavs

Maureen Harper, chief of communications for the city of Cleveland: #CLE Mayor Jackson to @KingJames: Welcome back! @CityofCleveland

House of Blues Cleveland: Welcome home, LeBron.

Colby Colb of Radio One: Today is a great day for the city of Cleveland @KingJames is coming home. #salute my Sagittarius brother @RichPaul4 for making it happen

Johnny Manziel: YESSSSSSSS!! Couldn't be happier for my guy @KingJames and the @cavs #Cleveland

MetroHealth: We welcome back our King, @KingJames. Enjoy Brazil, we'll see you in the #CLE!

Gov. John Kasich: What a great week for Cleveland, and it looks like Ohioans created another job. @LebronJames #RNC2CLE #253001newjobs

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman: I feel much happiness right now. Like something broken was fixed, regardless of scores,rings. Redemption, forgiveness, love. Yes #thisiscle

United Way ClevelandWelcome home @KingJames!! We look forward to you being on the #CLE #LiveUnited team once again! #ThisisCLE 

Z107.9: LeBron James is Returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers!

Cleveland Indians: we hear you're switching to 6. Have no fear: All-Star Michael Brantley will keep 23's CLE legacy alive! 

Cleveland Browns: The #DawgPound just got a little louder. Welcome home @KingJames. #WeAreCleveland

The Weather Channel: Cleveland weather: Sunny with a good change of #Lebron

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison: "I am shocked & disappointed in today's news. However I will never forget what Lebron brought us for 4 years. Thanks for memories @KingJames."

Tristan Thompson: Welcome back bro. your city awaits you.@KingJames

Anderson Varejao: Welcome back to @cavs , my friend @KingJames .I'm really happy for the city and people of #Cleveland.We love u Big Z.

Joe Haden: THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT @KingJames!!!!! I'm turnt!!!

Ben Tate: The rebirth of Cleveland has begun in all sports!!#Lebron

Jason Kipnis: Gonna be hard for @ESPN to ignore Cleveland sports much long! City is gonna be electric!! happy for the city and it's fans!#WelcomeHome

Brian Hoyer: Welcome home@KingJames

Playhouse Square: Welcome home, @KingJames ! Just when you thought #ThisIsCle couldn't be more dazzling. #DazzleCLE #ThisIsCLE

Here's a statement issued from St. Vincent- St. Mary High School:

"The faculty, staff, students, and community of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School are extremely excited to hear about our alumnus, LeBron James, returning to Northeast Ohio to continue his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he has never left our community with his continuing displays of generosity, philanthropy, and leadership, we are happy to have our friend closer to home. We continue to support LeBron and the LeBron James Family Foundation and their future endeavors. LeBron James has a special place in his heart for Northeast Ohio and the STVM community has a special place in its heart for LeBron - where he remains IRISH 23 FOREVER.

Welcome home, God bless, and Go Irish!"

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald issued the following statement on the impact of this decision for Northeast Ohio:

"As a fan, I am ecstatic to welcome LeBron James back to Northeast Ohio, and I can't wait to cheer him on as he leads the Cavs back to prominence this fall. If the past few days tell us anything at all, there is no doubt that Cleveland is coming back stronger today than ever before. What an incredible week for Cleveland!"

Statement from Mayor Plusquellic on LeBron's announcement of his return: 

"No matter where LeBron played basketball, he never stopped giving back to his hometown, Akron.  We are thankful for his generosity and excited to continue partnering with him on projects that help our children and enrich our community.  As good of a basketball player that he is, he is an even better person.  I am thrilled that he has decided to continue his outstanding career in Cleveland, where he will be even more accessible to his Wheels for Education kids and family."   

With LeBron James announcing his return to the city, fans all over have something to say.

19 Action News was at The Q just moments after the announcement was made. People were clapping, cheering, beeping car horns. It's good to be a Clevelander this week!

Immediately, crowds started to gather around The Q. Several groups left their downtown offices to hurry and scoop up season tickets. Those who didn't burn their LeBron jerseys and T-shirts four years ago dug them out of the closet.

"I want to celebrate one of the greatest days in Cleveland sports history: The return of LeBron James. It's awesome. Forgiveness is great," said one Cavs fan.

"As soon as I stepped outside, everybody was bragging about him coming home, horns beeping, everybody's smiling. It's like Christmas," said another die hard fan.

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