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LeBron James won’t rule out returning to play for Cleveland some day, but admitted in an interview with GQ Magazine that owner Dan Gilbert’s letter to fans on the night James left the Cavaliers gives him “a lot of motivation” for when he and his new Miami Heat teammates play his former club.

In an interview to be published in the September issue of GQ, James told writer J.R. Moehringer that “if there was an opportunity for me to return [to Cleveland] … and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

But James, who announced on July 8 that he would leave the Cavaliers as a free agent to sign with the Heat, said of Gilbert’s late-night letter: “I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You’ll get a good sense of their character.’ Me and my family have seen the character of that man.”

James added: “It made me feel more comfortable that I made the right decision.”

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