LeBron James keeping low profile as he mulls free-agency decision

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LAS VEGAS — LeBron James worked out and had a meeting agenda Tuesday.

Four-time MVP LeBron James has yet to announce which team he will play for next season. He is in Las Vegas for his skills camp, which begins today.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Four-time MVP LeBron James has yet to announce which team he will play for next season. He is in Las Vegas for his skills camp, which begins today.

In another summer of NBA Free Agent Frenziness, if James knows where he will be playing next season, he still isn’t saying.

Asked by The Associated Press how free agency was going when his afternoon meeting agenda was apparently complete, the four-time MVP said “no complaints.” He offered a quick greeting, and provided no hints of anything – including when his next “Decision” will be known – before leaving with a wave.

The entire exchange lasted about eight seconds. James, who has been relatively quiet while weighing his options, never broke stride.

He was upstairs in an exclusive part of a Las Vegas hotel Tuesday, holding court for a little more than three hours before emerging in the lobby, walking toward his assembled brain trust – including longtime manager Maverick Carter and Nike representatives, a sponsor of the LeBron James Skills Academy he’ll be hosting in Las Vegas starting today – and got whisked away.

James is expected to meet with Miami Heat President Pat Riley before making a final decision on his NBA future, and a person close to the situation said that meeting hadn’t happened as of Tuesday afternoon.

Some of James’ representatives have met with several teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He took time to Tuesday morning to work out with Dwyane Wade in Las Vegas before his meetings, another person close to the situation told the AP.

James’ future remains anyone’s guess.

It appears the buildup to his second foray into free-agent craziness will last longer than the one that culminated in him going to Miami in 2010. He made that announcement on July 8, 2010.

Unlike 2010, James has kept a much lower profile during his courtship.

While he was on a family vacation, his agent, Rich Paul, met in Cleveland with the Cavs as well as the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, all of whom pitched plans as to why the 29-year-old superstar should sign with them.

James wanted to contain the madness that surrounded his first foray into free agency four years ago, but the growth of social media has turned the past week into an endless storm of rumors, speculation and baseless media reports.

While James may be nearing an announcement, that won’t come until he’s met with Riley. And the Heat have been making moves as well, announcing Monday that they intend to sign forwards Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts, two free agents to bolster their roster.


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