LeBron James Meets With Miami Heat's Pat Riley, Doesn't Make Decision
LeBron James has complete control over his next career move, which makes him able to keep the NBA – the players, the owners and the fans in suspense – until he decides where he’ll play the 2014-2015 season.
LeBron James, Pat Riley Meet
On Wednesday, James met with Miami Heat president Pat Riley, who’s been making a concerted effort to bulk up the roster in order to convince James he can get another NBA championship at the franchise. While a decision was anticipated, none was made and no decision date was set during the Las Vegas meeting, according to Yahoo Sports.
Earlier in the week, the Miami Heat signed power forward free agent Josh McRoberts. Signing McRoberts was a major get for Riley and the Heat, which offered him a four-year, $23 million deal. The squad is also reportedly eyeing Pau Gasol, Luo Deng, Marvin Williams and Anthony Morrow.
James' Free Agency
Since James announced his decision to pursue free agency after the Heat’s NBA Final’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers have been hoping to get him back. As part of their strategy to woo the standout back to Ohio, the Cavaliers set up a three-team trade with the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics, reported The New York Times.
In the trade deal, Cleveland will send both Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Nets and Tyler Zeller to Celtics. The Celtics also get a top-10 protected 2016 first-round pick from the Cavaliers. The deal frees up more than the $20.7 million cap space needed to give James a maximum contract. As for adding additional talent to make the move more appealing to James, the franchise is supposedly looking at Mike Miller.
If James doesn’t go to the Cavaliers, then Miller will likely end up with the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder or the Denver Nuggets. Chris Bosh is also waiting on James decision; he’ll stay in Miami if James does, and likely head to the Houston Rockets if James leaves the Heat.
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