The biggest name in NBA free agency remains available and, for now, is keeping a very low profile.
LeBron James, who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat last week in a move aimed at getting the team to improve the roster, has no grand tour of possible destinations planned (unlike that other big-name free agent, Carmelo Anthony). James is letting his agent do the talking, possibly planning a World Cup swing to Brazil and waiting to see what happens with teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, who also opted out of their contracts.
His agent, Rich Paul will meet with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, according to the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that most realize a meeting would be merely as a fallback option for James.
24 hours into free agency, LeBron James has been quiet. Teams hoping to engage have been mostly unable. No doors closed but teams moving on
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2014
James is seeking a maximum contract in the $20.7 million range and, according to Windhorst, may be willing to accept a short-term deal. Henry Thomas, the agent for Bosh and Wade, denied to ESPN a Portland Oregonian report that would accept a five-year contract starting at $11 million and Wade would accept a four-year deal starting at $12 million.
Miami clearly is making moves to create salary-cap space, though, with Heat President Pat Riley reaching out to representatives for free-agent Pau Gasol.