LeBron James will not travel to Akron, his hometown, after meeting with Miami Heat team president Pat Riley in Las Vegas, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.
James, who plans to attend the World Cup final Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, exercised the early termination option in his contract last month to become an unrestricted free agent.
In a move that cleared cap space to accommodate a max salary slot for James, the team on Wednesday agreed to a three-team trade that sent point guard Jarrett Jack to Brooklyn and center Tyler Zeller to Boston.
General manager David Griffin announced the trade on Thursday.
James earned All-NBA First Team honors last season after averaging 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists while leading Miami to the Finals, where they lost to the Spurs in five games.
LeBron James has cancelled plans to return to Akron, per ABJ sources. Now flying directly from Las Vegas to Brazil. — Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 10, 2014
- Chris Johnson