Wednesday, 9 July 2014
LeBron James undecided after Pat Riley, Heat meeting
LeBron James' highly anticipated meeting with the Miami Heat in Las Vegas ended Wednesday afternoon, but his uncertain future remains.
According to a person with knowledge of his situation, James has not made up his mind about whether he will re-sign with the Heat or head elsewhere. He is expected to meet with his family to discuss his future, though there is no announcement expected on Wednesday night.
James and agent Rich Paul won't meet with any other teams before making his decision. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.
BRENNAN: LeBron, go home
CARMELO: Also undecided
The Cleveland Cavaliers are considered the most dangerous threat to the Heat's hope of bringing James back. The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, included James, Paul, Heat President Pat Riley and Heat assistant general manager Andy Elisburg.
The Cavaliers' three-team trade that was agreed upon Wednesday gives them the necessary salary cap space to sign James, but two people with knowledge of the situation said they were attempting to add yet another enticement to his recruitment by trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.
Yet because the Timberwolves are known to be insisting that No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins would be part of any such scenario, a deal — at least in the two-team form — appears unlikely. A person with knowledge of Wiggins' situation said that his representatives were told Wednesday that he would not be traded. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade talks.
The Cavaliers could always reverse that stance, of course, and the fact that, as of Wednesday afternoon, Wiggins had yet to sign his rookie contract with Cleveland leaves open the possibility that he could be dealt. Once Wiggins signs, the Cavaliers would be unable to trade him for 30 days. Yet should James commit to sign with the Cavaliers, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Dave Griffin would surely have to re-assess the notion of losing Wiggins to get Love.