Reports: James will meet with Riley Wednesday
All remains quiet on the LeBron James free agency front, but multiple reports say the process takes another step on Wednesday.
Per those reports, James will meet with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where James has been since Monday. The annual Nike LeBron James Skills Academy for some of the nation’s top high school and college basketball players opens on Wednesday morning.
A James-Riley meeting would the first confirmed meeting between James and any team since the four-time NBA MVP opted out of his Heat contract late last month.
James’s agent, Rich Paul, had conversations with officials from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers last week. Those face-to-face meetings took place in Cleveland, where Paul is based, and James has been either on vacation or in Miami until flying to Las Vegas on Monday.
James was spotted with close friend and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in Las Vegas on Monday. On Tuesday, an Associated Press reporter waited for James outside his meetings with Nike in Las Vegas. Asked as he left those meetings how free agency was going, James said he had "no complaints" and kept walking.
A source told FOX Sports Ohio that Wade and Chris Bosh, who’s also a free agent after four years in Miami, will not attend the James-Riley meeting.
Tuesday marked four years to the day of James choosing the Heat on national television and leaving the Cavaliers. It’s believed the Cavaliers and the Heat are the primary contenders to land James this time around, but James has said nothing.
NBA teams and free agents can officially make deals on July 10. The free agent and trade negotiating period opened July 1.
The Heat have reached agreements to sign center/forward Josh McRoberts and forward Danny Granger on Monday. After the opt-outs of James, Wade, Bosh and Udonis Haslem, the Heat have had just one player, Norris Cole, under contract.
The Cavaliers have agreed to a five-year max extension with point guard Kyrie Irving in addition to adding No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in last month’s draft. The Cavaliers would have to make at least one roster move to clear space under the salary cap for the max contract James is reportedly seeking and have been linked to several rumored deals.
It all remains in the rumor and guessing stage, though. Maybe the James-Riley meeting will bring some clarity, or maybe two fan bases — and the NBA in general — will continue to wait anxiously.
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