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Report: Teams hoping to schedule free agent pitch meetings with LeBron James have been unable to do so

Jun 28, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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LeBron James opting out of the final two years of his contract gave an initial glimmer of hope to teams around the league looking to try to lure the league’s best player into a new situation — one potentially primed to win not only now, but for years to come.

Miami has always been the favorite to retain LeBron’s services, but his choosing to become an unrestricted free agent — if only momentarily, and without providing any additional context — at least opened the door to the possibility that his leaving was a real option.

The news that Dwyane Wade  joined him in opting out on Saturday put a damper on those hopes, and a seemingly minor tidbit included in one report might serve to squash them altogether.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

In recent days, teams that have hoped to schedule pitch meetings with James once the free-agency period begins next week have been unable to do so, sources told ESPN.com.

That’s because he isn’t leaving Miami, and never intended to in the first place.

James opting out was expected from day one. Any superstar in their prime would have done the same, in order to secure a longer deal for more guaranteed dollars in total. That’s what Wade will end up with, and Chris Bosh will more than likely eventually follow suit.

Free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, and that’s the earliest that teams can contact free agents to begin the negotiation process. They could tentatively set up meetings with a player’s representation before then, however, but LeBron has held off until now, probably because he doesn’t want to waste anybody’s time.

  1. miamatt - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Leave a message after the tone

  2. cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    How many all stars does LeBron need to team up with to win a ring? Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5….
    #FAKELEGACY

    • sammadison - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Maybe he was talking about Eastern conference championship which in that case it has been 4 for 4. 8 straight could be possible.

      • Vir Publius - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        There are at least three teams in the west that would have gone to the last four NBA finals if they swapped places with the Heat in the ultra-weak eastern conference:

        SA, OKC, LAC…maybe even GS recently too.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:24 AM

        His questioner spoke the words “not one” and he played off of that. DWade was cracking up with laughter as the number incremented ever higher. I was chuckling at the time. Sorry for those who didn’t get the joke.

    • nfl4days - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      And what exactly is your legacy? Constantly thinking about another man’s life more than your own?

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Ask your mom.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        CantonPeaBrain: your mom is good at sucking like the Knicks.

      • adoombray - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Delonte West is in the house!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      At least Lebron is not saying he wants to go on a whirlwind tour so he can hear many different team executives tell him how great he is, that he’s their missing piece, how important he would be to them…

      Like others want to and do…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Lame.

      • rcj22001 - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:07 AM

        because ‘The Decision’ is as classy as it gets, right?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        Lame is being a PROFESSIONAL who says he WANTS to be wined and dine as Melo came out and said.

        He KNOWS he can only go to ONE team yet he’ll visit many teams… WHY? He WANTS them to wine and dine him and puff up his already massive ego.

        Who on this site or ANYWHERE expects him to sign with the Mavs?

        Crickets… yep, NONE of us expect he’ll sign with the Mavs.

        So WHY is he doing to meet with the Mavs?

        So he may listen to them tell him how great he is…

        At least Melo admitted this when he said he wanted to be recruited.

        If Melo STAYS in NYC (as many think he will) then visiting all these other teams was only for his ego…

    • casualcommenter - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      “How many All-Stars does LeBron need to team up with to win a ring? Not 2.”

      Actually, the answer is 2.
      LeBron was playing with 2 fellow All-Stars when he won both of his rings in 2012 and 2013, so it’s no longer a debatable question. The answer is 2.

      Coincidentally, 2 All-Stars is the number of All-Stars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson each played with for much of their primes….

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        Those legends didn’t leave their team to join an all star that already lead a team to a championship (Wade). Big difference!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        @cantonbound13 – Actually, that’s exactly what Magic did. “The only reason I came out was to play with Kareem and the Lakers.” If the Bulls won the coin toss for the #1 pick Magic said he would’ve stayed in school.

      • zoomy123 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        @antistratfordian

        EXACTLY! Finally someone with some brains. Before Kareem was known as Kareem he was Lew Alcindor and he’d already won a championship with the Bucks.

        People like cantonbound don’t believe in loyalty, they believe in slavery. They think a player should remain enslaved to a team no matter how dysfunctional it is, no matter how dysfunctional its head coach and no matter how dysfunctional management is. In 2010 Lebron led the Cavs to 61 wins and 4 years later the Cavs have won only 97 games since then. That should be evidence enough of how dysfunctional that entire organization was and still is.

      • dudermcrbohan - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        @zoomy123

        where can i sign up for this slavery that pay millions of dollars annually? I’d love to know!

      • zoomy123 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        @dudermcrbohan

        Obviously you’ve never heard of a metaphor, which isn’t surprising since the IQ of this blog can sometimes be measured in negative integers. My point: players in the NBA have the right to play for whatever team they wish once they become unrestricted free agents. They don’t have to be beholden to 1 franchise to appease some idiot’s sense of “loyalty.” If someone told you they’d pay you millions of dollars under the condition that you worked your entire career in a dysfunctional environment and forfeited your rights to change companies, after several years you might be rich but you certainly wouldn’t be happy.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        Is this guy serious? Bringing up Magic, who was drafted to LA? LMAO

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:12 AM

        @ anti & zoomy: then explain to me how in 1980 Magic lead the Lakers to a championship without Kareem who was injured? He played center & carried his team to a championship. Once again you clowns are proven wrong.

      • nfl4days - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:12 AM

        Are you stupid? Can you read? Magic himself said he would have stayed in school had Chicago had the 1st overall that year. Magic wanted elite teamates and got just that in LA.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Sounds like someone is really frustrated today.

  3. ripdipbob - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    The King was never leaving the 305!! Haters keep hating!! Tired of all your nonsense of he is going here and there!! Making up stories when there wasn’t one!! Heat still the champs cause that’s all you think and talk about!!

  4. udkidd - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Good joke, but he did win two.

    • casualcommenter - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Yep. For a guy who quite literally comments multiple times on every single LeBron article on this site, cantonbound seems rather uninformed about what LeBron has been doing the past 3 years.

      We already know how many All-Stars LeBron needed to play with to win a ring.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Uninformed? A career 11-16 record in the Finals. Sorry but I’m not impressed .

      • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Remember when it was 0-4, then 2-8? He’s been 9-8 in the finals since, and without any All-Defensive help – which is pretty impressive. I don’t know if any other player could do that.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        canton

        LBJ’s finals record is BETTER than Melo’s…

        Melo hasn’t even played in a conference finals… now that is not impressive…

  5. udkidd - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Just shows that you need a team. Not one great player.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Dirk did it without 2 all stars. Chauncey did it without 2 all stars. Olajuwon did it without 2 all stars.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        And they’re all better than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, right? Boring.

      • casualcommenter - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Rasheed Wallace was a four-time All-Star, Rip Hamilton was a 3-time All-Star, and Ben Wallace was a four-time All-Star and 4-time Defensive Player of the Year.

        You really must be young to think that the mid-2000’s Detroit Pistons were a 1-man team with only Billups as an All-Star-caliber player. Seriously, are you under 16 years old? If so, ask your dad to teach you about how the Pistons played true team basketball, especially on the defensive end.

  6. cantonb0und13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    People that dislike LeBron are still making the same comments for the past four years. I mean cool, you dislike the guy, but those comments is simply not that funny. I mean we seen the joke the first time, no need to say it for four years. With that being said, I’m about to pre-game and head down to Fort Lauderdale. Have a nice night y’all!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Fat NY chicks.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Coward

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        Loser. I’d plant you New Yawk fat chick like a tulip.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      LBJ has just been making haters miserable since he’s come into the league. Even when he loses in the finals he still gets under their skin with his greatness and selflessness.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Miserable???? I’ve never laughed so hard than after the Finals ass whipping this year. Well maybe when Dallas beat their arrogant, overrated asses 4 years ago.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Haha. No one is buying that. You’re obviously scared s–tless.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Of what? Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6… Keep dreaming!

      • antistratfordian - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        Yes, exactly that.

  7. cantonb0und13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    And I find it comical how everyone keep bashing on Wade and Bosh. Everyone will be saying Wade is declining and Bosh is overrated, then the next thing you know it… How many stars does LeBron needs to play with? Half of the people on PBT are probably only 16 years old.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      You’re the last person that should call anyone immature. How mature is it to copy someone’s name & post comments on a site as an imposter? That’s something only a child would take time to do.

      • miamatt - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        aren’t you the one who used to post as @72’sXwife?

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        What are you talking about?

      • groanassman - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        So according to you an all star player should never play on a team with 2 all stars and if there are 2 all stars on the team he should leave it. Because somehow that would be a hollow championship if they won it. Now that is how I’m understanding canton

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        He’s talking about you, fat New Yawk pea brain LOSER!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:38 AM

      Fat chick CantonPeaBrain’s a pathetic POS and nothing more or less. Well, maybe less.

  8. jzone954 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Canton. It’s not you’re Knicks didn’t have the cast of sopranos make a silly ass mini movie and clear cap room to try and grab Lebron in 2010 right? The reason why y’all signed “STAT” was because the Lebron garbage about him rocking a Yankees ball cap at a baseball game and every Knicks fan SWEARING he was a lock to be a knick blew up in there face. I can see you’re still mad at that too, every knick fan is regardless what they tell you. Sorry to tell you but Melo AINT Lebron. Stoudimire ain’t even Bosh. So enjoy Lamar Odom.

  9. jzone954 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Everybody is acting like this Miami heat team didn’t go to 4 straight finals and win 2 of those finals. Sometimes you loose! The Lakers lost to the celtics we all remember that right? And the celtics lost to the lakers remember that too? The spurs lost to Miami and vicaversa. The Thunder lost to Miami didn’t they? I mean sometimes you loose, and sometimes you’re team never wins a title in it’s teams history , and sometimes you’re team hasn’t won in over 40 years.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      About to be 5 straight finals. What really annoys these haters is that just the fact that making 5 straight finals is monumental. They don’t even have to win. That annoys them like nothing else because it seems so inevitable.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      @ jzone

      Exactly.

  10. jbeagles23 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Cantonbound is just a talker. A nobody in society, upset the government didn’t give his prostitute mother a pension he could live off of so he puts down other

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Stay classless, loser.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Jesus Christ canton, you have A LOT of haters. Seriously, what the hell did you do to everyone that got so many people calling you peabrain, loser, etc.? You even got an imposter posting as you. I read a lot of post and read the comment sections but holy sheet what did I miss?? I mean, this has been going on for a while! Lol

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        3 or 4 bandwagon fans are a lot to you? I have numerous comments on here with hundreds of thumbs up. Problem is the bandwagon fans call facts against their team hating.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

      Just a talker?
      Pat Riley trademarks the term 3 peat, yet he never, ever 3 prayed with any team he coached or managed.
      LeBron says not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7….. Barely got 2, thanks to a lockout shortened season & Spurs choke.
      That’s just talk!

  11. mcjon22 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    He’s either re-upping with Miami or he’s going back to Cleveland. There’s absolutely no reason for him to talk to other teams and piss off everyone’s fan base and become public enemy #1 all over again.

    • groanassman - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      If those fan bases get pissed that’s their problem not LeBrons…He has the right to talk to any team he wants…THAT IS HIS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        THIS IS MERICA!

  12. jzone954 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Canton bound, yea because it’s not like the Knicks didn’t have the cast of Sapranos make some little silly film trying to Lure Lebron in 2010 right? Bro you still sound really angry at that. I mean I used to think you were annoying but son you’re straight weird about LBJ

  13. jzone954 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Remember when all of knick
    Nation had Lebron LOCKED to become a knick because of a Rediculous Yankees cap at the baseball game? YOU were one of them canton and it blew up in you’re and you’re teams face. Sorry to tell you, Melo AINT Lebron. Not even close. I mean Stoudimire ain’t even Bosh.

  14. loubearkane - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    He’s re-signing in Miami and try to get players like Loul Deng , Marvin Williams and such. With the CBA coming up in 2017 I really wonder if the NBAPA is getting into the ears of Bron – Bosh who both would get Max Deals and Wade who’s opting out of more money in the short term for maybe a longer deal.

    100% that their will be a Lockout in a few years.

    Houston is going to make a HARD push at Bosh after they strike out with Melo.

  15. packhawk04 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Wade’s knees are about done, i know heat fans dont want to talk about that, but it happens. People get old. Wade is just not what he was even 2 years ago, let alone 5.

    Bosh had late career rasheed wallace syndrome. I’ll just stand out by the three point line and shoot jumpers, nothing else. Hopefully he snaps out of that. I said it before, i’ll say it again. Resign bosh and james, sign and trade wade for anything you can get, go all in for carmelo.

  16. jzone954 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Wade is fine. Of course he’s not the player he used to be but he’s still very good and produces at a high level. Yes he had a bad finals, but it happens. He was great all throughout the post season before the finals. He had one of his most efficient season in his career. That’s why the team needs to be retooled to help. But Wade will be fine.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Father Time is cruel…

  17. MiaMarino - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    New to the board but… is this cantonbound13 a bitter & broken Cleveland fan? Canton, OH & all that…? Seriously.

  18. realfootballfan - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    That’s because he isn’t leaving Miami, and never intended to in the first place.

    ——

    I’m shocked. Is water wet and the sky blue? Somebody tell me one more time about him going back to Cleveland or something though to get some page clicks.

  19. gomybirdsgo - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Since the sixers have clearly decided to tank so they can move the team to New Jersey I would like to see wade bosh James melo and one other player all take 10 mil for one year and go after 82-0

  20. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    82-0 will never happen. Write it down.

  21. montrealknowledge - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    It’s a watered down league.. Lebron is dominating a league that has more players who should still be in college than at any other point in the league. That is why LBJ can get away with playing AAU style bball, especially in the weak East and win.. Until he plays a team with some men in the finals.

    • campcouch - Jun 29, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      The past 15 years the West has been represented in the Finals by the Lakers or San Antonio 12 times. The East has sent 8 different teams. Maybe you’re thinking about the West winning 10 of the last 15 titles. Aside from SA going to the Finals in 03,the Lakers could’ve made it 5 straight times. Sprinkle in a couple of trips for Dallas and OKC’s one run and I’d say the strength of the WC comprises two franchises. Maybe the West is weak for letting 2 teams rule the roost since 99. It’s not absurd that one or two teams would dominate their conference,it happens every decade. Kind of coincides with the prime years of whoever the league’s best player(s) is.

      • oasis511 - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        If you’re looking only at teams who went to the Finals, I’d say the facts are still skewed. No team in the East has been able to maintain dominance (aside from Miami) for more than a couple of years in that time span, but not because the rest of the East was strong. You failed to mention that two of the East teams who went to the Finals were the Jason Kidd/Vince Carter Nets and Allen Iverson’s Sixers. Those were flawed teams that might not have made it out of the second round in the West if they had to face Portland or San Antonio. Boston made it one year, won a title, and then two years later were struggling to get back to the playoffs. Lebron made it a couple of times with a pretty bad team around him.

        The Eastern Conference has sent an 8th seed to the playoffs the last two years with a losing record. Phoenix finished .585 and couldn’t get an 8th seed out West. Just look at the Denver Nuggets, who were 16-14 against the East last year, but 20-32 against their own conference, or the New Orleans Pelicans, who were an astonishing 19-11 against the East despite finishing with only 34 wins. The Sacramento Kings were two wins away from having a .500 record against the other conference.

        Most of the Western Conference teams beat each other up last year and had an easier time with the East, outside of Miami and Indiana. At one point in the year, those were the only two Eastern Conference teams with .500 records against the West.

  22. newyorkball82 - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Miami fans are on a rampage. They can’t believe they got beat and beat extremely badly. All it takes is a little opposition or comment against their team or against lebron and they start throwing out the comments about people’s moms. “You can’t make fun of Lebron but I can call your mom a prostitute”. This just makes this years finals so much sweeter. Bosh is soft, wade is on his way out and Lebron is NOT clutch. You can say what you want about NY. I’ll stick by my team like a real fan does, and in no way would I want Lebron or any of those three on my team.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      The Heat fan base works hard at being the biggest joke around the country.

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