Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 2/17/12

Amidst all of the rapid-fire discussion surrounding LeBron James’ recent comments about returing to Cleveland and making good with Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert comes a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski stating that this was not the first time the NBA forward has reached out to his former boss throughout this season.

Per the report:

LeBron James came to Cleveland with an unmistakable mission this week, the beginning of a campaign to soften the fans and ownership on his desire to return to the Cavaliers in 2014. Free agency is forever on his mind, and James is determined to make his hometown want him as much he wants it again.

This was no accident, no misspeaking, nothing out of context. Before mentioning Thursday his openness to playing in Cleveland again, James months ago had an emissary or two carry that message to the Cavaliers’ front office, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. His camp wanted the message delivered to owner Dan Gilbert, sources said, but so far, the response has been silence.

Wojnarowski goes on to say that James using the public as a medium will only serve to make things more precococious for the Cavs owner. James is “laying groundwork” for the team to desire him again and the ball will rest firmly in the court of the man who felt the most betrayed on the night of The Decision.

NBA tampering rules forbid owners from discussing players rostered by other teams, presently making things difficult for Gilbert even if he desired to respond.

[Related: LeBron James’ Comments on Returning to Cleveland Well- and Curiously-Timed]

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