LeBron meets with Riley, no decision yet
By Tim Reynolds ,AP
July 11, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley has had his chance at convincing LeBron James to stay in Miami, said two people familiar with the situation.
Riley met with the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, the person told The Associated Press. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, one of the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly announced who would be attending the meeting or when it would take place.
James has not made a decision and will not make any announcements before Thursday, a person said, adding, “He wants to meet with his family.”
As he weighs his options, James will not meet with any other teams, the person added.
So now, Miami waits. So does Cleveland. So, too, does just about the entire NBA — because once James picks the Heat or the Cavaliers, the teams believed to be serious suitors for his services, the domino effect of other free agent moves will surely follow.
The meeting in Las Vegas lasted for more than an hour and took place more than two weeks after James opted out of his contract and elected to become a free agent, and the day before free agents may begin signing contracts.
James spent part of his day before the meeting at his annual skills academy with some of the nation's top high school and college players, interacting and observing workouts. That was part of the reason why Riley had to fly across the country to make the meeting happen, with hopes that he would return to Miami from the gambling haven with a huge win — keeping James in Heat colors for at least another season.