James is now on vacation with his family in Anguilla, and it is unclear whether he will return in time to take personal meetings with potential suitors this weekend or if he will allow his representatives, led by agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports, to run those meetings in his absence.
LEBRON James will reportedly not meet face-to-face with Cleveland officials as speculation continues to swirl about what his future holds after he opted into free agency on Saturday (AEST).
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.
Free agency will open up on July 1 and James is expected to reach a decision by July 4. But if James chooses, he can pick any team to go to and make it happen.
"It's going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers", he told reporters Tuesday, referring to several all-star free agents being available next summer. In the long run, Los Angeles' wild success is riding on whether or not they land a star.
The three-time champion is now the most coveted prize in an National Basketball Association free-agent class that includes All-Stars Paul George and Chris Paul. LeBron owns two homes in the L.A. area and the Lakers have enough cap space to sign two max contracts which would make the Lakers an intriguing destination.
The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $209 million contract. You remember, the report that had James texting the Warriors' Kevin Durant suggesting they play together on the Lakers?
Another NBA summer is centered around LeBron James and where he will end up. He could still re-sign with Cleveland, although the strong current from national media is James appears ready to move again. The two are good friends and there's little doubt they would relish the opportunity to play together after competing against each other for years. Gilbert has gone above and beyond financial barriers to appease James, but the well could be running dry.
Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason.