LeBron James’s agent is talking to the Rockets, Suns, Mavericks, Cavaliers, Lakers

Going, going, gone? (Reuters)

Suddenly, there’s a bit of movement concerning the topic of just where LeBron James will choose to play professional basketball this fall.

James has had a subterranean profile since opting out of his Miami Heat contract on June 24, preferring to vacation while his Cleveland-based agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, talks to teams. And Paul has been busy, meeting (via ESPN) with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, the hometown team James jilted four years ago. In addition, Paul will spend the Fourth of July talking with Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Ramona Shelburne reported. The Suns would like to lure James, along with Carmelo Anthony, to Phoenix and owner Robert Sarver met with Paul on Wednesday, the day after free agency officially began. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert met with Paul on Thursday, ESPN’s Chris Broussard says, and Mavs owner Mark Cuban denied meeting with Paul in Cleveland, saying he was there in connection with “Shark Tank.”

Meetings with more teams may be in the works and, while Paul toils, the free-agent market is on “pause” until there’s a resolution of James’ situation.

As for James, he’s having a blast on vacation, watching his son reel in a big fish and preparing to head to Brazil for the World Cup final on July 13. It’s a 180 from 2010, when James was out front talking to teams — and taking the heat — for “The Decision” to leave Cleveland for Miami. That’s Paul’s work, while James sends messages on social media.

The fun in the sun will end soon enough, though, when the time arrives for a cold, clear-minded business decision. Will he join Dwight Howard and James Harden in Houston? Dirk Nowitzki, who just re-signed with the Mavs, in Dallas? Perhaps Carmelo in Phoenix? Kobe in L.A.? Or will be return home to the Cavs, a young team that just signed Kyrie Irving to a $90-million maximum contract extension?

So many options. All of them pretty great.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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