When Miami Heat forward LeBron James, along with the rest of the big three, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and center Chris Bosh, opted out of their contracts, it seemed like a foregone conclusion each of them would re-sign with the Heat. It was widely believed they were simply looking for more security with new contracts and wanted to help the Heat add free agents to a team that desperately needs to get younger.
As of late, the big three seem closer to breaking up than ever before.
Heat president Pat Riley is going what he can to add to the Heat’s roster in an attempt to show James, Wade and Bosh they can quickly get back to the top of league. On Monday, Riley received an agreement from Charlotte Hornets’ free agent forward Josh McRoberts (the deal is believed to be the mid-level exception, which is worth about $23 million over four years) and agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with forward Danny Granger. Those moves, among other plans, have kept Riley confident he will retain all three players.
In fact, Riley has a meeting scheduled with James this week. However, according to one report, there is a “growing expectation” James is going to use the meeting to inform Riley he will be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, via Marc Stein of ESPN.com, reported the meet could take place as early as Tuesday in Las Vegas.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2014
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season.