According to ESPN's Marc Stein and later Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of four teams to meet with Rich Paul, agent to LeBron James, in Cleveland this past week. James, who opted out his contract with the Miami Heat before the start of free agency, is currently on vacation and not meeting with teams himself. As a result, the Cavaliers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets all met with Paul. Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is also reportedly on the way to Cleveland to meet with Paul.
It appears that Joe Lull of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland was first to report the meetings James' agent had with the Cavs, Mavs, and Suns.
The details of the meeting are not clear. It is safe, however, to assume that each team pitched Paul on why James should take his talents to their team. James, of course, used to play for the Cavaliers and an eventual return has been speculated ever since his departure. At the present time, the Cavaliers' roster isn't ready to contend without LeBron. Even with LeBron, there are some holes that would hard to fill if the Cavs were able to sign James. The Cavs' main selling points would be a chance to play with Kyrie Irving (who would be the best point guard James has ever played with) and Andrew Wiggins, as well the allure of playing close to his native Akron.
James isn't likely to sign a deal soon, as he is on vacation and will be attending the World Cup final in Brazil on July 13. Along with the four teams Paul has met with and the Lakers, the Heat will undoubtedly be in the final group. And with communication between James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade reportedly breaking down and James exploring the market, it looks more possible than ever that James could leave Miami, whether it is to the Cavs or another team.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports added his own report on the Cavaliers pitch:
The Cavaliers sold Paul in the meeting on a core of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Paul's client, Tristan Thompson, three first-round picks in 2015 and significant salary-cap space. For James, Cleveland would be a homecoming, the reversal of his infamous decision four years ago.