According to multiple reports, LeBron James will meet with Miami Heat president Pat Riley in Las Vegas to discuss his future. Just last month, Riley mentioned that the Heat are looking to “retool” and not rebuild after making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. However, if King James decides to take his talents out of South Beach, rest assured a mass rebuilding will be in the works for Miami.
Think Riley is feeling the Heat just yet? Miami’s Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all remain free agents. Riley’s up against the Houston Rockets, who offered Bosh a league max four-year, $88 million deal, and James, who is said to be seriously considering a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In addition, James’s agent and childhood friend, Rich Paul, has already had formal discussions with the Cavs, Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers.
There are even rumors that James and Carmelo Anthony may be plotting behind the scenes about how they can team up together. Anything less than getting James to re-sign with the Heat would be considered a terrible summer for Riley. However, retaining the services of King James would shape a positive picture for the Heat, who have already bolstered their supporting cast with the additions of power forward Josh McRoberts and small forward Danny Granger earlier this week.
James is in Vegas this week for his annual Nike-backed basketball camp. We’ll see if Sin City sets the scene for Riley re-winning the jackpot or losing his biggest fortune.