According to the most trusted source in basketball, LeBron James has dwindled his free-agency options to his current team and former team.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reportedly spoke Tuesday night on Fox Sports Live and said the four-time MVP has narrowed his choices to the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
"By every source I have, there are just two considerations at this point — and that’s Cleveland and staying in Miami," Wojnarowski said on the show.
James' agent, Rich Paul, has met with a handful of teams including the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets, Mavericks and Suns, and it appears the chance to return home, play with one of the better young teams in the Eastern Conference and rekindle his relationship with the Cavaliers fans has at least piqued the two-time NBA champ's interest.
James will meet with Heat president Pat Riley tomorrow to go over the direction of the franchise and where James fits in. Miami has been aggressive in free agency, signing forward Josh McRoberts to a four-year deal and Danny Granger to a two-year deal. The assumption was Riley would not have gone forward with those moves without having some sort of understanding with James (and subsequently Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) that he'd return, but it appears that may not be the case.
Free agency is still quiet as James decides where to play next season. He reportedly is looking for a maximum contract and potentially a shorter deal than the five years the Heat can give him.
James' decision (not Decision) would start a major domino effect in free agency. Chris Bosh is reportedly weighing a maximum contract offer from the Houston Rockets that he would accept if James chooses Cleveland, while Carmelo Anthony appears to be waiting for James to make a move before announcing his next destination, which appears to be down to the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls.
A move back to Cleveland would be a shock considering the terms he left on in 2010. After announcing his plans to "take his talents to South Beach" fans were seen burning his No. 23 jersey in the streets, and owner Dan Gilbert wrote a scathing letter about James to Cavs fans. Nowhere else was James booed louder than in Cleveland, though James' hometown of Akron is just 40 minutes away.
Things are a bit cloudy in Miami despite four straight trips to the NBA Finals. There are doubts about whether the Big Three can be retained while also putting together a championship roster. Still, the Heat appear to have catered to most of James' offseason desires, including trading up in last month's draft for Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier.