HoopsHype Rich Paul rumors

July 7, 2014 Updates

LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul, plan on meeting with Miami Heat president Pat Riley in person early this week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. James is a free agent, and the revelation that he will be sitting down with Riley soon is surely comforting to Heat fans who have every reason to wonder if he may be heading elsewhere soon. USA Today Sports

July 6, 2014 Updates
July 5, 2014 Updates

Joe Kotoch: According to one exec whose team has met with LeBron's agent seems like he's waiting Heat to make a move & they can't. Twitter @Probballdraft

July 4, 2014 Updates
July 3, 2014 Updates

Chris Broussard: Sources: Suns owner Robert Sarver was n Cleveland yesterday & met with LeBron's agent, Rich Paul. Teaming LJ/Melo or LJ/Bosh n Phx discussed Twitter @Chris_Broussard

While they have called Rich Paul, James' agent, and were hoping to meet with him soon, sources maintain James and Paul have yet to grant formal meetings to any teams. ESPN.com

July 1, 2014 Updates

The question in the coming days and weeks will be whether there's any chance of the Cavs pulling off the seemingly-impossible free agency coup: landing LeBron James. Again. James' most recent maneuverings have led many around the league to believe he'll re-sign with Miami, but the Cavaliers are likely to speak with his agent, Rich Paul, about a possible reunion that seemed so unlikely when he left on the worst of terms via free agency in the summer of 2010. USA Today Sports

June 30, 2014 Updates
June 29, 2014 Updates

James is not currently planning on being present in the initial meetings with teams that are recruiting him, a person with knowledge of his situation told USA TODAY Sports. Instead, his agent and longtime friend, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, is expected to handle the early conversations before James decides how to proceed. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process. USA Today Sports

The Suns are aware that landing James, let alone James and another superstar, is unlikely in Phoenix but their work with Bledsoe through his first season as a starter and a knee surgery and rehabilitation process has given them a relationship with Rich Paul, the agent for Bledsoe and James. Since Bledsoe played at Kentucky, he has developed a brotherly bond with James. Arizona Republic

June 24, 2014 Updates

LeBron James' agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement. ESPN.com

LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, has informed the Miami Heat of his client's decision to exercise the early termination option on his contract and become a free agent on July 1. Paul confirmed the decision via text message to USA TODAY Sports. While James may ultimately return to Miami on a new deal, the pressure is now squarely on Heat president Pat Riley to win the recruiting war for James' services again like he did in the summer of 2010. James was set to earn $20.5 million next season on the contract that could have gone through 2016 (player option worth $22.1 million). USA Today Sports

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