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What LeBron James Doesn't Want To Hear From NBA Teams In Free Agency

LeBron James looking over his right shoulder.

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on January 13, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LeBron James is set to become a free agent this summer (assuming he opts out of the final year of his contract) and every NBA team is interested in making a big pitch to the league's best player, but that will reportedly not be happening. NBA insider Ramona Shelburne is reporting that James and his team are not interested in taking big, elaborate free agency meetings with NBA franchises. Big recruiting pitches have become the norm lately - Kevin Durant's Hamptons meeting with the Golden State Warriors is probably the best example of this - but James doesn't want any of that.

James reportedly has "no intention" of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from NBA franchises.


While James hasn't decided yet whether to pick up his player option, sources close to the situation tell ESPN that he has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams.

James might meet or speak with a club official or owner at some point, but the elaborate presentations that have become common in NBA free agency over the years are unnecessary after 15 seasons in the league.

Should James become a free agent, league sources believe he and his agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini have enough understanding of the stakes and NBA landscape to handle the process without much fanfare.

James could still opt into the final year of his Cavs contract, but assuming he doesn't, the NBA's best player will likely be deciding between Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Houston. Those are the four franchises mentioned the most for the three-time champion, anyway.

The Akron, Ohio native has surprised us before. Maybe it'll happen again.

In the meantime, everyone will be forced to speculate. James added to that speculation over the weekend when he changed all of his social media pages to an Akron/family theme.

NBA free agency is set to begin on July 1.