LeBron James' first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers will be at home on Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks, according to a league source. The game features the league's hottest two commodities during this summer's free-agency period: James and the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony.
According to the source, the Cavs were initially supposed to open the season on the road against the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, where James' season and career with the Miami Heat ended. Instead, he and fellow newcomer Kevin Love, who will officially join Cleveland later this month after the trade involving Andrew Wiggins is completed, will play host to New York.
The Cavs will then play the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Oct. 31, sources said. James and the Cavaliers will then travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers.
The NBA's 2014-15 season officially opens on Oct. 28 with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs playing the Dallas Mavericks at the AT&T Center and the Houston Rockets visiting the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.
James will return to Miami to face the Heat as one of five Christmas Day games. The Washington Wizards will visit the Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit the Spurs, the Lakers will visit the Bulls and the Golden State Warriors will visit the Clippers in the other four Christmas games.
The Los Angeles Clippers will open the post-Donald-Sterling era on Oct. 30 at home against the Thunder then face the Lakers on Oct. 31.
Love will play his first game in Minnesota since the trade on Jan. 31.
The NBA also will have an extended All-Star break this season. The minimum break between games for teams is eight games. Some teams will have a longer break.
The complete 2014-15 NBA schedule will be announced at 6 p.m. ET.