Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert's Infamous Letter Taken Down from Team's Website

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2014

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Rumors are currently flying about where LeBron James will land this offseason, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have made a move that could help bring the superstar's talents back to Ohio.

No, the team hasn't made a trade to clear cap space yet. However, it has finally removed owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter from the team's website, via ESPN's Brian Windhorst:

Update: July 7 at 2:35 p.m. ET

Given how much attention the Cavaliers have received for deleting the letter on Monday, the team has provided an explanation as to why they removed it from the website.

Cavaliers director of communications Tad Carper, via SB Nation's Mike Prada, explained why the letter was taken down recently:

The letter was removed years ago from the Cavs.com website, but over the last week, it was discovered that it still existed from this external link to a stagnant archived page. It was on the content management system platform that was used back in 2010.

Quite frankly, we weren't looking for [the letter] because we knew we deleted it. If [it still being an active url] would have become apparent a year ago, we would have deleted it too.

--End of Update--

If you remember, after James spurned Cleveland on "The Decision," Gilbert wrote a letter in which he guaranteed that the Cavaliers would win a title before the "self-titled former 'King'" would. 

via themarysue.com

Oops.

ESPN's Chris Broussard got Cavaliers fans excited Sunday night by announcing Cleveland was his front-runner to land the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. As of now, it's just speculation.

Some may wonder if Gilbert's letter will hurt Cleveland's chances of landing James. As the Cavaliers try to persuade James to return to the organization, they are doing whatever it takes to show him that the hard feelings are in the past. Now, it's up to James to decide whether removing the letter from the website will be enough for him to forget the past.

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