LeBron James will meet with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday in Las Vegas as the first week of the free-agent negotiating period winds down without a decision from the four-time MVP.
James was in Las Vegas on Tuesday for a Nike photo shoot, and his annual skills camp also is being held there this week. He has yet to meet personally with any potential free-agent suitors, though his agent, Rich Paul, has spoken with the Suns, Rockets, Mavericks, Cavs and Lakers. Some of those teams were told that James would entertain meetings with them in person this week.
First, James will sit down with Riley and discuss the Heat's free-agent progress so far -- Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger -- and the plan going forward, league sources told CBSSports.com. Uncertainty abounds, with the Rockets pushing to create a max spot for Heat free agent Chris Bosh -- a complicated undertaking that would require the shedding of more contracts beyond Jeremy Lin's, which calls for a $15 million cash payout next season but only counts $8.4 million on the cap and in trades.
Meanwhile, major free-agent business in the NBA is frozen until James -- and, to an extent, Carmelo Anthony -- make their free-agent decisions.
"It's like 'American Idol,'" one Eastern Conference executive said. "Everyone is waiting on LeBron."