As the NBA gears up for the free agency period, all eyes are on LeBron James and his decision. Every morsel of news seems significant as fans and the rest of the league attempts to see where the best player in the world will take his talents.
On Saturday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that James does not have plans to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of free agency:
When NBA free agency officially opens up Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not meet in person with LeBron James or his representatives, sources told ESPN.
James’ camp and the Cavs front office has been in regular dialogue since the season ended, sources said, and James’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not be opting in to the final year of his contract with Cleveland worth $35.6 million.
It’s important to note that LeBron has obviously been in contact with the Cavaliers all season. Nevertheless, it does seem significant that they will not be getting the first meeting with the King.
James reportedly has no interest in elaborate pitch meetings this summer. He is also reportedly hoping to make his decision soon with all signs pointing to either re-signing with the Cavs or heading to the Los Angeles Lakers.
James chose not to exercise his player option on Friday, sending him into free agency.