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Report: LeBron James and Pat Riley could meet as soon as Tuesday in Las Vegas

Jul 7, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

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LeBron James is slated to meet with Pat Riley this week, and if you’re a Heat fan living and dying with every development, there’s a big difference between today and Friday.

Heck, if you’re fan of any NBA team and you just want to see free agency get moving, you have an interest in that meeting occurring sooner rather than later. So many teams and agents won’t proceed until LeBron and Carmelo Anthony choose their landing spots.

Good news might be on the way for those in a hurry.

Riley can try selling LeBron on his two big signingsJosh McRoberts and Danny Granger. I have no idea how LeBron will react to those moves, but unless he reverses his stance on receiving a max contract, those two are likely Miami’s last major outside additions this offseason.

I’d guess this meeting will trigger one of two outcomes:

1. LeBron states an intention, publicly or privately, to re-sign with the Heat.

2. LeBron, after his agent laid the groundwork, will begin meeting personally with other suitors to hear their pitches.

A third possibility – a longer holding pattern – is possible, but I’d think LeBron has waited long enough for everything to shake out. I believe/hope this meeting with Riley will set wheels in motion – one way or another.

  1. ringjames - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    2 things will happen in this meeting.
    1. Pat Riley will ask him who he wants and who he doesn’t want.
    2. LeBron will say he wants Melo but he doesn’t want Bosh.

    • jeffkx - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

    • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      If you’re a fan of Miami I’m going to give you a piece of advice..LeBron’s leaving..we went through this in 2010..we convinced ourselves he was staying when everything said he was leaving..not trying to bust your balls man, but open your eyes..

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:56 AM

        He certainly could leave; we are well aware of that. He will pursue what is best for himself and his family, as he should. But the landscape is very different from that of 2010. Now, staying with the Heat – especially if he would be flexible in his salary demands if the right major FA were available, and that is far from clear either way – offers some possibility of further success (there are others, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation). No sane person could have made that case for Cleveland in 2010.

        It comes down to whether Pat Riley has been playing a very deep game and has the solution in hand, or instead has been just trying to “conjure” something (borrowing Shane’s excellent choice of words in describing the late part of last season).

        So. maybe we get answers today; and this evening we will get another look at Shabazz Napier, who was unsteady in his first summer league game but stellar in his second, with Hamilton and Ennis also having looked good – will they continue? All in all, a more than averagely interesting day may await.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

        If LeBron leaves, so will the idiotic Heat bandwagon fans. It’s a win for everybody!

      • maddog111 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        I hope I’m wrong, but i think he’s heading back to Cleveland. He took a lot of heat (no pun intended) for letting the Cavs find out at the same time everyone else did, during his prime-time decision show. I think he wants to man-up this time and tell Riley face to face he’s leaving.

  2. lakerade - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Lance and Chandler, Mitch, make it so.

  3. buckifan4life - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Come home LeBron. You know you want to.

    • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      LeBron, Kyrie, Dion, Wiggins, Bennett, Tristan, Andy, solid bench pieces in Tyler and Sergey and Delly…still have the mid-level exception..possible 3 2015 1st round picks..AND BEST OF ALL JARRETT JACK IS ON HIS WAY OUT THE DOOR…you excited man???? Great times ahead for Cavs basketball..

      • andreboy1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Yeah, cause Dion and Bennett were outstanding picks.

      • marsh025 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Jarrett Jack was supposed to be you guys’ savior last year wasn’t he?
        The big addition to your deep bench?

    • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      as I’m sure you know tomorrow is the four year anniversary of The Decision..he’s meeting to Riley tomorrow (to tell him face to face that he’s leaving btw). His tweet tomorrow will read something close to this: “I’m taking my talents back to Cleveland where they belong”.

  4. tampajoey - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I don’t really care where Lebron ends up… but I’m sure enjoying watching the Heat fans squirm.

    I need a popcorn refill.

    • beach305 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      actually no heat fan that I know personally is squirming. In fact we are laughing at the national media.

      • av416 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        heat fans are probably unaware its even free agency time #hoppers

      • kb2408 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        “Heat fan”….now that’s an oxymoron.

  5. ad23mvp - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    I just can’t fathom a scenario in which LeBron thinks this Miami team is best for him in the present and in the future.

    Dwayne Wade played like a bonafide scrub in the Finals. The guy is regressing and is no longer a superstar.

    Chris Bosh has turned into a guy who merely sits on the perimeter offensively but is a great defender.

    The rest of the team is old and washed up and just isn’t nearly as good as other teams would be if they had LeBron.

    • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      To be honest, I think LeBron wants to stay another year. Problem is no one is going to want to go down there knowing LeBron would be leaving after one year..

      • jeffkx - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        sorry meant to say wanted..

      • casualcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        Agreed.

        I think LeBron’s ideal scenario is to stay with Miami for one more year, which serves two purposes.

        It allows him to see if Wade can bounce back at all from his decline last year.
        It allows him to give new Cavs coach David Blatt and young Cavs players like Wiggins another year to mature.

        A year from now, LeBron would know if Wade has any shot of being a superstar caliber player, and he would know if Wiggins is truly ready to make an impact as a young player.

        However, like you said, no veteran is joining the Heat at a discount if LeBron only agrees to stay for a year.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:11 AM

        Any FA we would want here would be thinking he might be the guy to help get back on top – and if that happens, LeBron will have achieved the whole point of the exercise and wouldn’t be going anywhere.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    During Lebrons meeting with Riley He will say” Pat I was going to come back and sign with you but this thing where you put 5 pounds of lard on your head every day is creeping me out. I’m outta here”

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      but just imagine Pat with the Birdman do, and then give thanks for small favors .,..

  7. casualcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Good. LeBron probably will make his decision at that meeting.

    The Heat use their mid-level exception on McRoberts and bi-annual exception on Granger. Unless LeBron himself takes a major paycut, the Heat won’t be able to offer any deals bigger than those to players who aren’t members of the Big 3.

    So it’s not like the Heat would be getting a Pau Gasol or Luol Deng if LeBron waited another week. The best they could hope for is an Emeka Okafor or Anthony Morrow, and those are best case scenario signings since other teams are rumored to be interested in those guys.

    So LeBron will know what the Heat have to offer, and those pieces aren’t changing. I think the Heat still have a slight edge for keeping LeBron, but the fact that nobody in LeBron’s camp has pushed back against all those reports about his family favoring the Cavs is discouraging to those hoping he stays with the Heat.

    I also think the longer LeBron takes to make the decision, the less likely he is to return to the Heat since again, the Heat are effectively locked into what they have now, so waiting longer means he’s hoping the Cavs make more moves.

  8. fanofthegame79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    LeBron has to look at this Heat team (including the newly signed), as well as what’s available with the cap room they have, and thinks that the window is closed or has, at best, a year left. If he were to go back to the Cavs (or some other young team, like the Suns), he’ll have a good 4-5 year left to win championships (maybe more).

  9. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  10. campcouch - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    So Broussard is as in the dark about his intentions as the rest of us are. I guess it’s a CYA for him. He’ll claim “first to break” if LeBron goes any either direction. Going to whatever team doesn’t make his quest for a title any easier. The draft and free agency gives other teams chances to improve slightly or even grandly. If he stays with Miami and the same teams are seeded in next years playoffs, what says that Washington, Atlanta or even Charlotte won’t produce a different outcome in a series. They may change their usage of Bosh in the offense,Wade may agree to come off of the bench, he could also be intrigued about playing with Irving and Wiggins,but we don’t know,so I’ll Broussard it and say he’s talking to every team in the NBA and say I told ya whenever he signs.

  11. 32magicman - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Lebron……. Next lakers point guard !!

  12. cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Looks like the Heat are trying to push Bosh to Houston so they can sign Melo. Anyone still buying into Riley’s “family” bs? Ask Stan Van Gundy, Mike Miller, Chalmers, and soon to be Bosh what they think of the “family” nonsense.

    • rickperez473 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Why would they try to “push” Bosh to Houston? If they want to sign Anthony, just do it. Why take the chance on anything else? Why offer Bosh anything close to what Houston does?

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

        Because after the Heat current signings & Bosh, LeBron & Wade’s contract demands, that would only leave 6-7 million a year for Melo. He’s not walking away from $60- 80 million guaranteed. No one in their right mind would do that. It’s not like he’s guaranteed a title in Miami.

    • rickperez473 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      What I mean is, Bosh is a complete free agent. Just forget about him and sign Anthony. Done.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        Right, but isn’t Bosh considered “family”? That was Riley’s sales pitch 4 years ago. That’s my point.

  13. buffalo65 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Here’s Hoping he goes home. It would be a great story for an armpit franchise. He can school Wiggins for a few seasons before he comes home as well.

  14. mungman69 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Has Philly called?

  15. 700levelvet - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Whatever happened to… Not 4 Not 5 Not 6…

    • chiadam - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      This is getting ridiculous again. Pick a team already.

  16. chiadam - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Not sure why that was posted as a reply..

  17. seasickcecil - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Don’t know who Lebron is going to choose but the republicans just chose Cleveland for the 2016 RNC.

  18. csbanter - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Lebron is in Vegas to see Wayne Newton why can’t you figure that out son.

  19. onbucky96 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    REPORT:LeBron James is considering playing for Cybertron next season.

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