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LeBron's Agent Meets with 4 Teams: Report

Souce Says James May Be Ready To Explore Market

By Tim Kephart
|  Thursday, Jul 3, 2014  |  Updated 9:43 PM EDT
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LeBron's Agent Meets with 4 Teams: Report

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 15: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat speaks to the media following a 104-87 loss in Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

NBA superstar LeBron James’ agent has met with four teams this week, according to ESPN.com, and one source told Yahoo! Sports that if the Heat don’t rebuild the roster fast, “LeBron seems ready to explore market.”

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that an official who was part of the meeting s between the teams said, “There’s clearly a breakdown in communication between LeBron and (Wade and Bosh).”

Wojnarowski went on to report that “three finalists could return to Cleveland early next week to make presentations w/agent and LeBron James present.” ESPN reported the four teams are the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The stories from Yahoo! and ESPN come as Miami Heat president Pat Riley is reportedly traveling to Los Angeles to make free agent pitches to several players to join the Heat. It’s unknown who Riley is meeting with in L.A., but the team is reportedly interested in Anthony Morrow and center Pau Gasol.

Wojnarowski reported that Riley, along with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, were meeting with players and “they’ve made inroads in talks.”

The Heat is not alone in the pursuit of Gasol as Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and New York have all reportedly expressed interest in the 7’ center. Additionally, Los Angeles could appeal to Gasol if the team is able to sign Carmelo Anthony, who the Lakers offered a max contract too Thursday night.

LeBron has put the onus on Riley to retool the Heat after the team was blown out in the 2014 NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs. Since he opted out, most teams and pundits have expected LeBron to re-sign with the Heat as Riley rebuilt the roster to win more championships.

It’s been reported by multiple sources that James wants a max contract, which would put his first-year salary around $20 million and escalate from there.

The news surrounding the Heat has been all over the map in the past week. Earlier this week, ESPN reported that LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were working together to come back to the Heat. Then yesterday, Wade and Bosh reportedly had no idea what James was going to do.

Remember as well that when the exact same scenario played out in 2010, Wade was at one point reportedly set to sign with the Chicago Bulls and LeBorn was looking elsewhere. A week or so later, Miami celebrated the dawning of the Big Three era in the Magic City.

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