Conflicting Reports Cloud Future of Top NBA Free Agent LeBron James
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — As LeBron James remains the largest NBA free agent domino to fall, Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com remains adamant a decision has been made, and James will be returning to Cleveland, after four seasons away in Miami.
Here’s the report, from Sheridan:
The Decision has been made. LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source tells SheridanHoops.com.
James met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley today in Las Vegas to deliver the news. A contingent of other Heat officials were informed they were not welcome at the meeting, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
More from Sheridan:
I understand y'all want me to say something more, but I've said all I needed to say. This photo from Vegas. http://t.co/O1a7JUaGSg—
Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 10, 2014
Conflicting reports indicate no decision has been made, but after a lengthy meeting in Las Vegas with Pat Riley, James has decided he will not meet with any other teams before his ultimate decision is reached.
Brian Windhorst and Chris Broussard have reported for ESPN:
LeBron James met with Miami Heat officials for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas but emerged without a decision about his future, sources told ESPN.com.
James didn’t plan to announce a free-agent decision Wednesday night and had not met with his other primary option, the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said.
Other outlets have echoed the latter reports, adding James will now meet with family to discuss his future.
Source: After meeting with Pat Riley today, LeBron James & Rich Paul will not meet with any more teams. LJ will talk w/family & make choice.—
Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 10, 2014
LeBron James will take no more meetings after meeting with the Heat, a source said.—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 10, 2014
LeBron James will not meet with any other teams before making his decision - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…—
Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 10, 2014
Yahoo Sources: LeBron James leaves meeting with Pat Riley without committing to a new deal. yhoo.it/1qLxdgf—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014
James spent his first seven NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, the team which selected first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.
If the Sheridan report holds true, James would be departing Miami where he’s made four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two.
A little more than two weeks ago, James informed the Heat he’d be opting out of the final two years of his contract, instantly solidifying himself as the most highly sought after free agent in years.