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Reports: LeBron James and agent done meeting with teams

Jul 9, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

LeBron James left a meeting with Pat Riley without committing to the Heat.

I figured that meant LeBron’s next step would be meeting with other teams. After all, LeBron hadn’t yet taken any other meetings. He’d just let his agent lay the groundwork.

But LeBron apparently has all the information he desires. He just needs to weigh it.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

David Aldridge:

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Isn’t nice to have so many credible reporters on the same page?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports previously reported LeBron was considering only the Heat and Cavaliers. This supports that claim. I can’t imagine LeBron joining one of the teams he’s never played for – Lakers, Rockets, Suns or Mavericks – without visiting first. I could see him already knowing enough about Cleveland and Miami.

On the bright side for anyone eager for free agency to kick into high gear, we might be on the way. Meetings in different cities take time, and that’s apparently not happening.

A decision could come soon.

  1. scorp16 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    This is what happens when you have an inexperienced person acting as an agent. From a business perspective Rich Paul has put LeBron in a no win situation. One that was completely avoidable. The smart thing to do was not to make waves this off season but yet he did. Most things in life are about timing and Paul apparently has no concept of what he is doing.

    2 years from now with the new TV money the cap is going to increase substantially. Cleveland has some nice pieces but they are not ready quite yet. Wiggins hasn’t played an NBA game. Blatt hasn’t coached an NBA game. James returning to Miami for 2 years was the safe and best play. Say what you will about Wade but that nucleus is still going to be an odds on favorite to come out of the east for next to years. After that, and maybe another ring and at 32 years old then make the jump back to Cleveland. The Cavs would have matured and LeBron would have had the time to properly evaluate the talent.

    If James goes back to Cleveland now. He can’t leave. He just can’t. Even if he signs a 2 year deal there’s no way he leaves. His image takes a severe hit if he does and it’s 2010 all over again.

    So going back to Cleveland now brings risk. A lot of it. All of it unnecessary. What if Wiggins turns into Anthony Bennett? If he doesn’t buy into Blatt’s approach? Sources would have you believe he hasn’t even met with Blatt. Is he really going off of just what he’s read about him?

    There is a very real possibility that in two years Cleveland has no rings and the talent with all this upside just hasn’t developed. Then your counting on Gilbert to make moves to surround you with talent? The same Gilbert who in the seven years you played there before just couldn’t get it done. And at that point leaving Cleveland isn’t a realistic option.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Completely agreed.

      I thought LeBron was handling his free agency well, until Rich Paul decided to promote himself by leaking that he’s pushing LeBron to join the Cavs.

      Now, LeBron either joins a Cavs roster that is full of guys under 23 years old, or the narrative is that he humiliated the Cavs for the second time in 4 years by sticking with the Heat.

      • mbuda732 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        you mean a roster with the best point guard in the eastern conference and a young draft pick with tons of potential? You put lebron on that team and they dominate the East. You guys are looking at this the wrong way. It’s also a chance for him to fulfill his promise and get Cleveland a ring. Maybe Lebron is turning over a new leaf and trying to keep his word because he has unfinished business in his home city.

        Its quite simple really: The Heat over the next 4 years are not going to get better. They may be equally as good but the more likely scenario is that D wade continues to get older and slower, they lose bosh to Houston, and Lebron has to fight his way back to the finals.

        With Cleveland they have a young nucleus that has only one direction to go: UP.

        Go back to cleveland, get them the ring you promised. Then, he is truly: King James.

  2. fordmandalay - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    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. (pops more popcorn)

  3. beachsidejames - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Gilbert is a younger version of Donald Sterling. He proved that when LJ left Clevland. I don’t blme LJ for thinking about playing in his home state again but it would be a hard pill to swallow for LJ to go play for Gilbert again.

    • bucrightoff - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Right, a guy who was pissed off because he bent over backwards to do everything the star wanted and then the star left is exactly the same as a guy who’s been a known racist for 15 years or more. This post tells you how scared Heat fans are, they are staring going from 4 straight Finals to picking #1 overall..

      • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Totally agree. It’s crazy people can’t see that Gilbert would have done anything for Lebron. Lebron was pretty much in control of the Cavs by the end. Unfortunately they buried themselves with the Larry Hughes contract.

      • sprint32 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        How did he bend over backwards for James. He didnt do anything different than any other owners. LBJ owes him nothing. Where is all the hate for owners who dont honor a players contract and release them. James tripled the value of the Cavs.

      • cwilson6843 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Bent over backwards? Wow that’s crazy

  4. southbeachtalent - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    He’s leaving, he’s staying, he met with Gilbert, no he didn’t. Miller to Cavs, no to Denver, Bosh headed to Houston. Sources say…

    Wow is reporting completely dead?

  5. chitownmatt - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    The free agency of superstars are destroying the sport.

    LBJ, and Anthony both need to man up and realize that the entire league (not to mention the fans) are affected by their decisions and every moment they delay puts additional stress on the situation. Like it or not, they have a responsibility to this situation.

    May and June is the time for league’s superstars to sit down with their agents and talk free agency strategy, NOT JULY!!!

    Dirk and Duncan quietly made their decisions, like men, without this ridiculous circus show and national tour.

    • esotericmindguy - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Please don’t compare Dirk or Duncan to Lebron. Because Lebron’s agent simply met with the Cavs, they moved to a 10-1 favorite to win it.

      Boo Hoo that the fans and other players are affected and stressed by the situation. Lebron doing this is GREAT for the league, why else would anyone else pay attention in July? Summer league? Stern is probably telling him to wait another two weeks to decide.

      You and the 7 people thumbing you up are clueless.

      • chitownmatt - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Clueless to what?.. the simple fact that I would rather watch and read about basketball then read about a bunch of suits in a rooms arguing over green?
        If you are a fan of contract negations and financing, then great – power to ya’, enjoy the show.
        I myself like basketball.
        By your own response you acknowledge that this circus could very well be some kind of publicity stunt to bring more attention to the NBA.
        Does the NBA NEED this kind of nonsense to bring attention to itself???

      • anythingbutyanks - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Stern? Silver? Clueless?

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Matt, I think you’re looking at this wrong: aside from the Summer League starting within the last few days, what basketball are you watching? This is the NBA’s off-season and it’s filled with mock drafts, then the actual draft, then free agency and trades. It is what it is. The only choice you have is not to pay attention to it. But everyone else (web sites, sports shows both radio and tv, people who read blogs like this) are eating this up.

    • muhangis - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      No May and June is time for a player to focus on his play to succeed his team in the playoffs.

      “LBJ, and Anthony both need to man up and realize that the entire league (not to mention the fans) are affected by their decisions and every moment they delay puts additional stress on the situation” ????

      ….boo freakin hoo, who cares!

      This is a big decision for Lebron and Carmelo, and they need time to think it out well.

      You couldn’t be any more wrong, sorry.

  6. beach305 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    To go back to that owner (Gilbert) and that mess of an organization is just crazy. However, I would be the first to say thank to Lebron for giving Heat fans four years of great basketball.

    Go Heat!

  7. longtallsam - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    The picture accompanying this article is further proof…want to look like a doofus, wear a cap backwards!

  8. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    He’s be better off with the younger Cavaliers the heat are done, wade time is up he’s not the same player he once was, bosh is literally a one way player all offense no D no Rebounds, no bench pretty much lebron has to carry this team year in and year out I’m sure he’s tired of carrying dwade and bosh, they’re getting paid the same but only lebron is producing!

  9. kwjsb - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Taking my talents to the North Shore

  10. JT - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Welp that person who wrote the 3:30 pm article got lied to lol

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