LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Won't Have in-Person Meeting with Superstar

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CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to both LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, over the phone when National Basketball Association free agency officially opened at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, sources told ESPN. Los Angeles has enough salary cap space to ink James and another superstar in free agency with the most likely target being All-Star forward Paul George, who has also indicated he will opt out of the final year of his deal.

"When NBA free agency officially opens at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not meet in person with LeBron James or his representatives, sources told ESPN", wrote McMenamin. With money and the reigns to the team as a non issue, the only pending factor is if the front office of the Lakers have already fumbled too many opportunities.

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck reported the news of James' decision. He came back to the city that originally drafted him and delivered the franchise it's first championship.

The belief is that no meetings are scheduled with any teams at this time, with James' agent Rich Paul preferring to conduct all business over the phone.

Declining the US$5 million option - the second year of a two-year, US$10 million deal Nowitzki inked last summer - will give the Mavericks more financial flexibility in the free-agent negotiating period.

The Lakers appear to be the frontrunners to acquire James, who is not seeking elaborate pitch meeting, according to a report earlier this week. But the Cavaliers assembled a weak supporting cast around James last season and attempted to revamp the team the trade deadline.

The super-sleuths at Reddit's r/NBA subreddit scoured flight logs to find a private plane that went from Cleveland to Miami to Antigua this week, and on Saturday morning was headed to Los Angeles.

-Center Enes Kanter will return to the New York Knicks next season after exercising his $18.6 million player option ahead of Friday's deadline to do so.

The four-time MVP will easily headline a stellar free agent class that includes Paul George, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins and others. It is a decision that the 33-year-old didn't have to make until Friday's midnight deadline. He averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds in 71 games, all starts, and shot a career-best 59 percent from the field.

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