LeBron James and his representatives will not meet in person with the Cleveland Cavaliers when free agency opens, according to a report from ESPN.
James' camp and the Cavs front office have been in regular contact since the season ended. James' agent, Rich Paul, informed the Cavs on Friday that James would not be opting in to the final year of his contract with Cleveland worth $35.6 million.
James is widely expected to pick between either staying in Cleveland on a one-plus-one deal or take his talents to California and join the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to a report from Cleveland.com, James’ interest in joining the Lakers is strong.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported this week that James would not be seeking out elaborate pitch meetings during the free agency process.
The Cavs can offer James the most money in free agency. The Lakers have cap space to sign two max contract players this summer and are currently aggressively trying to acquire San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard via trade.
ESPN's Dave McMenamin is reporting that the Cavs have found it difficult to plan for its full team around James with the way he has approached his free agency.