The Cleveland Cavaliers believe LeBron James is listening to their pitch to leave the Miami Heat and return to his home state, ESPN.com reported Monday.
Sources told ESPN.com that the four-time MVP is increasingly considering the Cavaliers as an option, although there has yet to be a firm indication that James actually is ready to leave Miami after four years and two championships with the Heat.
James has a face-to-face meeting with Heat president Pat Riley sometime this week, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
ESPN.com reported that James' agent, Rich Paul, has already sat down with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Hard feelings have existed between James and Gilbert since James' departure from Cleveland in 2010 to sign with the Heat.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavs' pitch made to Paul last week revolves around Kyrie Irving and the other young prospects they have, in addition to the numerous options Cleveland possesses to add to the roster over the next year. The Cavs hope to have their own face-to-face meeting with James this week.
Irving signed a five-year maximum contract extension in the first few hours of free agency. With No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins as well, the Cavs are pitching youth and roster stability to James.
Paul also reportedly had discussions and meetings with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.