NBA Free Agency Reports: Cavaliers among four teams to meet with LeBron James representation

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers met with Rich Paul, the agent to free agent superstar LeBron James.

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker