Reports of Gilbert's letter on website wrong, Cavs say

Letter directed at LeBron James removed roughly three years ago.

Dan Gilbert wrote a letter to Cavaliers fans the night of "The Decision."

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CLEVELAND -- With LeBron James contemplating his future and the Cavaliers back in the national news, reports surfaced Monday that a letter from owner Dan Gilbert directed at James was finally removed from the team's website.

Not true, say Cavs officials. Gilbert's letter was officially removed roughly three years ago.

Gilbert's letter was posted to the Cavs website immediately after James departed for the Heat in free agency four years ago. But after it's deletion from, it continued to exist as a stagnant, archived page on the old content management system.

In other words, the URL that hosted Gilbert's letter was only available on an Internet search, almost like a screenshot. It has not been on the Cavs' official site, again, for some time.

The Cavs are pursuing James in free agency. The four-time league MVP and two-time champion informed the Heat he was opting out of his contract in late June. James is expected to announce a decision on where he will play this week.

Blatt wins honor

New Cavs coach David Blatt has been named Eurloeague Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season. Blatt coached Macabbi Tel Aviv, a position he held since 2010.

Blatt has coached in some capacity overseas since 1993. He was named Cavs coach in June. It will be his first coaching position in the United States.