LeBron James Urged to Stay Home by Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager
Free agent LeBron James received the hometown pitch today from Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant.
James, 25, the National Basketball Association’s reigning two-time Most Valuable Player, is expected to make his decision on a team early next week.
“We had a very good meeting with LeBron and his group,” Grant said in a video on the team’s website. “Went well. Had a good time. We had fun. It was very interactive. We know LeBron well. I would characterize it as positive.”
The Cavaliers can offer $30 million more than other teams on a maximum-length contract, the Associated Press said. Grant was accompanied today by new coach Byron Scott, owner Dan Gilbert and assistant general manager Lance Blanks at the meeting that lasted just more than one hour.
Fans lined the sidewalk outside the IMG building where James met earlier this week with representatives of the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. The Chicago Bulls’ contingent showed up after the Cavaliers left.
“We think it’s pretty incredible LeBron chose to have these meetings in Cleveland at his home,” Grant said.
James has played his first seven years in the NBA with the Cavaliers, helping the team to five playoffs and the best regular-season record in 2009-10.
“We’ve done some amazing things the last five years,” Grant said. “We won a lot of games and went deep into the playoffs, but we’re not satisfied with anything we’re doing. We intend to make improvements and upgrade our roster.”
Teams can begin signing free agents July 8.