Eyes will be on Cavs, Heat early

Updated: August 8, 2014, 8:15 PM ET
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The NBA didn't wait long to pit LeBron James' Cavaliers against his new former team.

Six days after opening the preseason at home, the Cavs will meet the Heat on Oct. 11 in Rio de Janeiro. James and Cleveland open Oct. 5 against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Israeli club formerly led by new Cavs coach David Blatt.

Miami won two NBA titles and reached the Finals in all four of James' seasons with the Heat. He returned to his first NBA team last month, signing with Cleveland for two ...

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