The Miami Heat may want their Big 3 back but who they really is LeBron James. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade aren’t chump change to the Heat, but Miami clearly wants to sell LeBron James on the future of this team and that’s the main drive behind their pitches to Luol Deng, Kyle Lowry and others.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, there seems to be a belief among NBA executives around the league that the chances of getting an actual meeting with LeBron James are pretty low as the general consensus seems to be that he’s going to try hard to stay in Miami unless the Heat totally bungle this offseason.
Within the suitors for James, there’s an increased pessimism they’ll never get a serious chance to engage James in free-agent meetings and presentations, sources told Yahoo Sports. His agent Rich Paul told teams he will accept their calls beginning after midnight on Tuesday, but there’s no sense the formal meetings will be scheduled in the near future, sources said.
LeBron likely doesn’t want to leave the Heat as he’s established a life with his family in South Beach over the last four years and uprooting them isn’t high on his list. He also opted out to put pressure on the Heat to get better and allowing himself to be entertained by other suitors is a negotiation tactic he’s not going to use right away.
He may end up signing somewhere else, let’s be open to all possibilities here, but the fact of the matter is Miami is his first choice and that’s being reflected in the feelings by other NBA executives that a LeBron meeting will be a tough ticket to land.