CLEVELAND – When the NBA Free Agency officially opens on Sunday at 12:01 ET, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not meet in person with LeBron James or his representatives, ESPN said.
LeBron James did not take his place on the player choice with the Cavaliers, putting up summer raffles for the unrestrained free agent. James' camp and Cavs' front office had been in regular dialogues since the season, sources said, and James' agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sport informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP was not up for that Paul, who represents several other players entering the free agency Kentavious Caldwell ̵
It is unclear whether at this point a personal meeting between James and the Cavs is planned the line. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said this week that James would not be looking for elaborate pitch meetings during the free agency process.
If James had agreed on Friday, the Cavaliers would have taken that as a bad sign as they considered that his biggest motivation was to start trading with another team that did not have the cap to direct him sign like the Houston Rockets.
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As it stands now, the Cavs believe they are still in the mix to retain the four-time MVP and can offer significantly more money – $ 207 million over five years compared to $ 152 million in four years – as the two other teams that were considered the most likely candidates in the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.
One source familiar with Cav's thinking said that James rewrites Cleveland's Plan A, B, and C when it comes to free agency.
Cleveland is already on top of the $ 101 million salary cap predicted by the League, even without James's contract, with the 10 guaranteed contracts already in the books. Cavs' $ 3.4 million qualifying offer to make Rodney Hood a limited free agent, as Cleveland.com first reported, would be the eleventh player. James would be 12th.
Which means that Cleveland will only fill two or three open posts as it is.
Teams can have a maximum of 15 players, but the Cavs are likely to keep at least one roster The contract is open to guarantee Kendrick Perkins a $ 2.5 million contract if they find a trading partner who wears Perkins' salary needed for the deal to do the math work.
The Cavs have an exception for the $ 5.3 million taxpayers they can spend on free agents to offer to a player or try to divide themselves among two players to offer a modest premium over the veteran's minimum ,
A league source familiar with Cav's thinking told ESPN The franchise has found it difficult to plan for its entire team around James with the way he approaches his free agency, and it could be in hesitation By Signing Up Doing Business Through Potential Free Agent Signatories Or Teams Interested in Trades (19659004) However, whatever traps may come with it, as James makes his decision, the Cavs, the source, still hope,
Cleveland has a pair of veterans from last year's team outside of James will be free agents – Jeff Green and Jose Calderon – but none is considered a "first pass" type and should Still going to be in the market after the Cavs James have figured out plans
While it might seem that the Cavs are out of the Verfo for a relatively quiet free agency period James was preceded this summer by a crowd of activity arranged by General Manager Koby Altman of Commerce for Hood, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and George Hill in February, to point picker Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick to design in June.