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Report: LeBron James leaves meeting with Pat Riley without committing to Heat

Jul 9, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

LeBron James met with Pat Riley in Las Vegas today, and if you were expecting that to resolve anything, you’re going to be disappointed.

Realistically, the only team LeBron was likely to commit to today was the Heat. He knows them inside and out, and Riley had a chance to sell him on their big additions, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

LeBron hasn’t even met with other teams, leaving his agent to lay the groundwork. I find it difficult to believe he’s ready to choose one of them.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Maybe LeBron simply signs with the Cavaliers soon. Or he could still re-sign with the Heat. Being non-committal today doesn’t take that out of play.

I’d guess LeBron starts taking meetings himself. If he’s not sold on Miami, it’s time to get a first-hand look at what else is out there. That would likely be a multi-day process.

Today offered a chance at resolution, but only with LeBron returning to the Heat. Now, a lot more is on the table.

  1. scorp16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    If LeBron does leave Miami, Riley has to give the max to Bosh and make a play for Carmelo. Imagine Carmelo coming to Miami to team with Bosh and Wade. The rivalry between MIA and CLE for the next few years would be insane.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Bosch wouldn’t come back and I doubt Riley would want him anyway. He’d just re-sign Wade and go fishing next year for Howard and others who’ll be opting out.

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Howard won’t have an opt out for two more years, but don’t get too carried away.

        How often has someone managed to get out of Cleveland, enjoy the good life somewhere else, and then decide to go back to Cleveland? It’s unimaginable.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      I’m pretty sure he had an opt out of his contract after 2 years. I remember noting it when he signed because I was like, he’s going to be going through this whole thing again in 2 years.

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        It’s 3.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Yea, it’s 2016. So it’s even better for Riley. He can line it up for him and KD together like he did in 2011, lol. In any event, that’s what he’d do. Pat Riley isn’t taht great at drafting players. He didn’t even want Wade from what I understand, and I had to be talked into him. He wanted one of the big men in that draft, but I can’t remember who it was.

    • bobbybouche305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Ide rather have Stephenson and Monroe for melo money and they both play defense … Plus 24 years old , ennis and Napier and start the reloading process ..with lebrons 20 mill maybe even add iisiaj Thomas or Bledsoe not sure of there ages … Just don’t get impatient and get young with the bosh , bron 40 mill Riley will have

  2. samsonight1010 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    In other not news, I too am still an unsigned free agent

    • themars211 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      And one you will remain….lol

    • 1historian - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      ditto

  3. jrs45 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Well then I don’t know what to think!!! Where’s he going????

  4. muathjam21 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    What’s next? I have an idea. How about we just sit and wait without trying to speculate every inch of the way? I know, crazy.

    • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      It’s less fun being reasonable. Lets all get irrational and create scenarios that are unlikely to happen, lol

  5. brianjoates - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    If he does return to Cleveland, can’t be mad, he brought 2 Larry’s, 4 eastern conference titles and 4 finals appearances.

    What would be disappointing is that the face of the NBA would return to work for an owner who trashed his character , image and all around game to everyone in a public forum. The fanbase destroyed him, burned his jersey and tried to crush him as a person, not just on the court but away from the court. He can sign with just about any team for a max deal. Going to make loads of money for Gilbert again should be off the table, if Cavs had a new owner ,wouldn’t even be questioned,go for it. It’s how Gilbert treated the young black man who made him millions of dollars while owning the not so rich history Cleveland Cavs.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Oh God, I hoped someone would never invoke that plantation mentality bs on NBA owners again. Lebron takes his share of how things happened in Cleveland as well. Let it to. It appears that both Gilbert and LBJ have.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      That’s where I think Cleveland fans and Gilbert screwed themselves. I just can’t see it happening for that reason alone. The only team I think could get him to leave is Knicks, but they’re crippled because of the Stoudemire contract. No one has the credentials Riley has except Phil. Lesson for the kids, don’t ever bad mouth your ex-girlfriend in public because you might want to get back with her one day, lol.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        You would have to be a Cleveland fan to think anyone screwed up by leaving there.

        4 finals, 2 titles and 2 MVP’s say he made the right choice all along and would be stupid to leave

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      It’s called Forgiveness & Reconciliation, Mr. Joates. Or is it Oates? Are you related to John Oates?

      He made a song with Daryl Hall once called “Back Together Again” – it goes:

      Back together again, back together again
      The old songs never end
      Gives you something to believe in
      You know he’s still got the moves
      You know the grooves still there
      Just like the old days old days, old days

  6. robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I heard LeBron cramped up and had to leave for an IV.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      i heard the meeting only lasted 30 minutes. lebron couldn’t handle the last 12

  7. edgewaterjoe - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Shame on you, brianjotes, for injecting race where it does not exist. Both Gilbert AND LeBron screwed up leaving Cleveland – but both of them kept their mouth shut and, by many accounts, have come to terms with what each did to the other (and both share blame). That seems to have paved the way for what would be one of the most amazing stories ever written in sports history. LeBron goes back to Cleveland and wins a title, he transcends rings and jumps into Ruthian myth. That looks like where this is going. If all you can do is play a cheap race card in response to that, that’s on you.

    • brianjoates - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Returning to Cleveland would be one of the best stories ever written in sports history? Come on now, you can’t be serious.
      Take race out of it if you would like, and live in a world that this doesn’t have young men asking, why would he go back to work for a person who treated him so poorly after he made him all of that money? We all do hope for a day that people are just viewed as people, but we are not there yet,lots of work to do.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      …he transcends rings and jumps into Ruthian myth… that was very antistratfordianish of you, Joe.

  8. beach305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    No way Lebron goes back to play for a man that just this past febuary said he didn’t regret the letter calling him a “coward” and “a bad a example for the children of Cleveland”.

  9. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    The fate of only one franchise is at stake here…the Miami Heat. Cleveland has a very young nucleus, heck Irving is 21, Waiters is 22, Thompson/Bennett, 23 and Wiggins is 19. If James decides to stay in Miami,the Cavs still have their team. On the other hand, if LBJ leaves South Beach, it’s apparent that Bosh is gone as well. It’s not even a guarantee that Wade stays then. Maybe he runs for Chicago or Miami signs and trades him to rebuild. If LeBron stays, hey, basketball life continues on as before. So as great as it would be for him to return to NE Ohio, the team isn’t in as dire of a position that people think they are. Heat fans should be more stressed than anyone in the NBA.

    • beach305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      As a Heat fan I’m not stressed, because I have faith in Riley as our GM. We won a title recently without LeBron being the fastest expansion team to do so in the modern era and we will do it again. LeBron, is a free agent and has the right to choose where he plays. I would be the first to clap and say thank you, however it would be perplexing to go back to that Owner and a Origination that is the poster child for mismanagement.

      • seansull83 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Yeah but your GM traded all your rebuilding pieces to Bosh and James, and without a dumb trade like the Nets gave Boston your gonna have to suck for a while before you see the lottery. You say Riley is a genius but how can you say that when your teams livelyhood is dependent on One player. If LeBron leaves you have nothing to attract new free agents, and you still have 0 picks for the next couple years. Awesome work the, welcome to the middle of the pack, worst place in the NBA.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        seansull83,

        Riley built the first championship on who? That’s right, Shaq and Wade. If James leaves, they’ll probably have a pretty high pick again next year, and he’ll do what he’s always done back to when he got disgruntled Mourning from the original Hornets and Hardaway, get proven stars through sign and trades or FA. He’s not in Milwaukee, man. By 2016 when the next crop of big FAs come up, I’ll have my money on alot of people listening to the guy who coached Magic and Kareem over just about anybody except Phil.

  10. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/09/report-top-nba-free-agent-lebron-james-to-return-to-cleveland/

  11. honkerdawg - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Lebrun to Cavs; never to see another ring except on somebody else’s finger

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Yeah yeah yeah… just like when haters said he was never going to win one… but then he won two. Or like when observers said he was never going to win another MVP while in Miami… but then he won two MVPs while in Miami.

      Never say never when it comes to King James. He can make it happen.

  12. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Their is a school of thought that that the only way the Cavs get Kevin Love is if Andrew Wiggins was part of the deal. Well apparently Wiggins camp was told he’s not going anywhere.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      The Cavs can tell the Wiggins camp anything they want…but if they can pull off a trade for Kevin Love and the T’Wolves want Wiggins, he’s gone.

  13. fordmandalay - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I hope Lebron does another ‘The Decision’ special. Oh man that would be sweet! And I’m sure THIS time it wouldn’t hurt his image at all.

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    So Cleveland gets Andrew Wiggins, Johnny Manziel, Lebron James and the 2016 Republican National Convention. Is he’ll freezing over?

  15. onlyavoice - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Lebron is messed up in the head if he goes back to the Cavs.
    Say goodbye to any more championships if he does.

  16. 1historian - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Everybody’s waiting for the decision. The ‘sportswriters’ are making up ‘Report’ blogs which are funny and the rest of us are sitting on pins and needles waiting.

    Prediction – LBJ stays in Miami for 2 years and then we go through this again.

  17. kastout11 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    With Wad regressing as he gets older, Miami has no chance to compete for a championship in the hear future. Cleveland, however, might not be ready to win a championship this upcoming year, but their future is far more promising than Miami. I think he would be a fool to go back to Miami. Also, if he signs with the Cavs, then the Cavs land Love like they are planning, the Cavs would be a lock to, at least, represent the Easter Conference in the finals.

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