Cavaliers among teams pitching to LeBron’s agent
Four years after their messy breakup, the Cavaliers and LeBron James are at least talking about a reunion.
Cavs officials met with James’ agent, Rich Paul, this week about the free agent superstar’s possible return. The sides visited as James continued his family vacation, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. It was not immediately clear if owner Dan Gilbert was at the meeting.
James recently opted out of the final two years of his contract in Miami. The two-time NBA champion has gone to four straight finals with the Heat. However, after the team was throttled by San Antonio in this year’s finals, James said he would weigh his options this summer.
One of them could be re-signing with the Cavs, the team he spent seven seasons with before leaving in 2010 to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Florida.
ESPN has reported that Paul met with several teams.
While James has been out of the country with his wife, Savannah, and their two sons, Paul has been working on the four-time MVP’s future. Unlike four years ago, when teams flocked to Cleveland to make presentations to woo James, the courtship of him this time has been low key and rather business-like.
The Cavs have waited patiently for their chance to try and convince the Akron native to come home. In the past few weeks, the Cavs have hired new coach David Blatt, selected Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick and gotten All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a five-year, $90 million contract extension.
Now, they’re working on bringing back James, who has never ruled out the possibility of a return.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, maybe the second-biggest name on the market, has spent the past few days visiting Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles.
He also met with the Knicks while in LA, and there’s still the possibility that Anthony will end up right back where he started with New York. Whatever happens, the Melo Watch is the story of free agency so far. There have been some slipups along the way, most notably what the Rockets were thinking by plastering images of Anthony wearing Jeremy Lin’s number (Lin, who remains a Rocket for now, wasn’t impressed). Anthony-to-the-Lakers might be a long shot, but it would seem his wife, La La, has a name made for L.A.
The top free-agent point guard isn’t free anymore. Kyle Lowry agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal late Wednesday night, meaning he will be staying in Toronto and continuing to lead a young Raptors team that was a break or two away from getting to the second round of the playoffs this past season.