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Dan Gilbert Funding Tampering Investigation Regarding LeBron/Miami Heat

Dan Gilbert said it took about 24 hours to get over LeBron James and his decision to take his talents to South Beach. That hasn't stopped the owner of the Cavaliers from hiring some high-powered attorneys to look into whether or not the Miami Heat tampered with James while he was the property of the Cavaliers.

According to a report on Yahoo!Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski says Gilbert's plan is to take a detailed report to NBA Commissioner David Stern in hopes of getting an investigation launched by the NBA:

The NBA won't launch an investigation into a tampering case without a formal request from a team, but sources say Gilbert's plan is to give commissioner David Stern a detailed case that includes meetings, phone calls and contingency plans that date as far back as 2008. Gilbert will implore Stern to use his powers as commissioner to get access to phone records and testimony of key people surrounding Heat president Pat Riley, James and others potentially involved.

Gilbert will spare no expense to uncover whatever evidence he can to take to the league office, two sources with direct knowledge of the probe told Yahoo! Sports. The law firm staff includes several former prosecutors with backgrounds in investigating and constructing cases, sources said.

The report goes on to say that the firm looking into the situation is focused on a pair of alleged meetings - one involving James and Heat president Pat Riley in November of 2009 and a meeting between James' inner circle and Dwyane Wade in June 2010. Both could be considered tampering if the context of the meetings was to discuss James, Wade and Bosh playing together in Miami.

Proving such will be tough, though if anyone can afford to dig deep it is Dan Gilbert.

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