Free Agency

Report: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers will not meet in person when free agency begins

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LeBron James (Getty Images)

According to a report from ESPN's Dave McMenamin, neither Cavs star forward LeBron James nor his representation will have an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers officials when the free agency period begins on Sunday, July 1.

It was reported Friday that James would opt out of the final year of his contract with Cleveland.

James' camp and the Cavs front office has been in regular dialogue since the season ended, sources said, and James' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not be opting in to the final year of his contract with Cleveland worth $35.6 million.

In the report, McMenamin indicates the uncertainty surrounding whether or not James and the Cavs have set up a meeting. Earlier reports have indicated the four-time MVP did not want any elaborate free agency pitches.

By declining his option for the 2018-19 season, James has more options, including re-signing with Cleveland, who can offer him a five-year $209 million contract. He also has the option of signing a short-term deal, which he elected to do in both 2014 and 2016.

Had James opted in on Friday, the Cavaliers' brass would have considered that a bad sign, as they believed that his biggest motivation to do so would be in order to accommodate a trade to another team that didn't have the cap space to sign him outright, such as the Houston Rockets.

Cleveland is among a number of teams with a legitimate shot at landing the three-time finals MVP, who has been clear in wanting to remain in 'championship mode'.

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