Sources: Today's meeting will consist of Pat Riley, LeBron James and Rich Paul, James's agent. No one else.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2014
However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports!, assistant GM (and salary cap expert) Andy Elisburg will also be in attendance.
LeBron James and agent meeting w/ Heat will include Pat Riley and assistant GM Andy Ellsburg, the salary cap expert, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Miami isn't treating today like some kind of Armageddon w/ James, just normal planning meeting to show financial way team's back together.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
This afternoon’s meeting will be James’ first face-to-face meeting with any team.
His agent Rich Paul met with suitors last week that included the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Since James’ choices appear to have been narrowed down between Miami and Cleveland, the rumor mill has been running amuck for the past few days and there has been much speculation that James is leaning towards returning to his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers who now have the necessary cap room to offer him a max contract and includes a young core that includes Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins.
With limited financial flexibility, Elisburg’s participation in today’s meeting will allow Riley to layout the team’s financial plan on how the team can upgrade its roster and remain competitive.
Perhaps it will be enough to get James to commit to returning to Miami, perhaps he chooses to go elsewhere…. or perhaps the entire NBA and its fans will continue to be on LeBron watch a bit longer.
Only LeBron knows what he’s thinking…