Monday July 7th, 2014

Free-agent LeBron James and agent Rich Paul are set to have a face-to-face meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley sometime early this week, according to USA Today's Sam Amick and confirmed by multiple other reporters.

Amick reported it would be welcome news to Heat fans, amid Paul's meetings with at least five other teams as James explores the free-agent market. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski suggested the meeting would provide Riley with an opportunity to update James on the Heat's progress in free agency, which would provide "better clarity" on James' next step.

Paul has reportedly met with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers, as each team makes their pitch for James to come aboard.

James made it clear in June, after Miami fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, that the Heat needed to significantly upgrade their roster to compete with the Spurs' depth. All of the Heat's "Big 3" — James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh — have opted out of their contracts. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, James has informed teams that he will only sign for a “maximum” contract under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.

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