Well, don’t count the Lakers out of the LeBron James sweepstakes just yet.
Then again, don’t count out James’ former team, the Miami Heat, or his other former team,
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After James met with Miami President Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas, multiple
reports said the All-Star forward left the meeting without making a commitment to return to the Heat.
James and his agent, Rich Paul, met with Riley on the same day the Cavaliers cleared out about $21.7 million in salary cap space through their involvement in a three-team, multiplayer trade.
There have been reports that James is intrigued about returning to Cleveland and that the Cavaliers have a very good shot at landing him.
James spent the first seven years of his career playing in Cleveland, and he spends summers in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The Lakers may not be confident they can get James, but President Mitch Kupchak was one of the few NBA executives to have a meeting with Paul about James.
So the door remains ajar for the Lakers -- if ever so slightly, or at least until James make his decision.
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