The NBA announced Wednesday that the regular season will tip off Oct. 28 with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs playing host to the Dallas Mavericks. The other opening night game on TNT is the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Houston Rockets.
James' first game in his return to the Cavaliers after four years and two titles with the Heat will be at home on Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks. The Oklahoma City Thunder face the Los Angeles Clippers in the TNT nightcap.
The Cavs and Spurs meet in Cleveland on Nov. 19 and in San Antonio on March 12.
The league schedule includes an extended weeklong All-Star break that will allow players who participate in the festivities a chance for a few days of rest.
The anticipated return of guard Derrick Rose from his second serious knee injury to the Chicago Bulls is scheduled for Oct. 29 in a game against the Knicks in New York.
Christmas Day games begin at noon ET on ESPN when the Knicks square off against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. The Spurs host the Thunder in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals, followed by the Cavaliers against the Heat, the Lakers taking on the Chicago Bulls and former Lakers center Pau Gasol, and the Golden State Warriors going up against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
ESPN will televise a Nov. 11 game between the Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City.