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ESPN: Derek Fisher and Pat Riley to meet in Miami (LeBron UPDATE)

The Miami Heat are wasting no time closing in on the rest of their free agent targets. One of the most logical choices to play point guard alongside All-Stars will meet with Pat Riley immediately. reports: Lakers free agent point guard Derek Fisher has a meeting scheduled with Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Saturday, according to a source close to the situation. Fisher's preference remains to re-sign with the Lakers, but he feels the need to explore his options and listen to Riley's pitch after the Heat landed free agentsLeBron James and Chris Bosh. Miami also re-signed Dwyane Wade and were reportedly closing in on Mike Miller. According to a source, negotiations between Fisher and the Lakers have remained positive and the team has put an offer on the table that was stronger than what's been previously reported (one year, $2.5 million). Fisher returned from a trip to China on Wednesday, but he's had several conversations with both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Riley. The Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Netshave also expressed an interest in the five-time NBA champion. Earlier in the week, Lakers star Kobe Bryant expressed support for Fisher, who entered the NBA with him back in 1996. "We need to have him back, it's as simple as that," Bryant told's Dave McMenamin at his Kobe Bryant Skills Academy on the UC Santa Barbara campus. "It's not a question of if he will be back; it's a matter of when. "I don't care what [the cost] is. ... They need to work that out and get him back because his significance to our ballclub and to me cannot be understated." Last week, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher the Lakers are confident the point guard will return to the Lakers next season. If Fisher signs elsewhere, Steve Blake, whom the team recently signed to a four-year, $16 million contract, would replace him in the starting lineup. UPDATE: The plot thickens... James, not content to let money do the talking, met Fisher at the airport and gave his own pitch as to why the five-time NBA champion should join forces with James, sources with knowledge of the situation told Shelburne. It was a short meeting, as James was at the airport and on his way to New York to attend Denver star Carmelo Anthony's wedding Saturday evening. But James clearly went out of his way to wait for Fisher to arrive and meet with him for a few minutes.