LeBron listening: Rockets to target Heat’s Bosh?
The prospects of NBA fireworks loomed on the Independence Day holiday weekend as speculation grew on Friday about the future of four-time league most valuable player LeBron James.
James, who four years ago left the Cleveland Cavaliers in a messy divorce to join the Miami Heat, is a free agent and his representative has been quietly meeting with select clubs about the future of a player widely regarded as the world’s best.
James’s agent Rich Paul met with three teams in the past week in his Klutch Sports offices in Cleveland and fielded a call from another to listen to their pitches, according to a report on the league’s website.
The Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers have all touched base with Paul, and representatives of the Los Angeles Lakers are heading to Ohio for a meeting.Another splash could be even sooner in the making, as high-scoring free agent forward Carmelo Anthony is weighing options including maximum contracts offered by the Lakers and New York Knicks.Rockets to chase Bosh?The Houston Rockets will shift their focus to Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh if they are unable to land New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.The Rockets still hope Anthony will choose them in signing a free agent contract after meeting Wednesday in Houston.It was believed when free agency began Tuesday that James, Bosh and Wade would re-sign with the Heat after previously meeting to discuss their futures. It was also speculated that Heat president Pat Riley would convince the trio to return — with Bosh and Wade taking pay cuts — and make another run at a championship.The Rockets reportedly are prepared to make Bosh an offer he cannot refuse in the event Anthony decides to return to the Knicks or sign with the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers.Heat trying to lure GasolLos Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol will meet with the Miami Heat in Los Angeles.Heat president Pat Riley and coach Eric Spoelstra will try to convince the free agent to join the Heat.Other teams are interested in Gasol’s services. Gasol met with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, also in Los Angeles. Bulls center Joakim Noah was reportedly part of the team’s representation.Also, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook met with Gasol on Wednesday in Los Angeles to recruit him. Thunder general manager Sam Presti talked to Gasol over the phone.