So much for the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a face-to-face meeting with LeBron James in an attempt to entice him to re-sign.
ESPN reported that James will not meet in person with the Cavs in free agency, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. His agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will discuss all of his business over the phone. James became an unrestricted free agent by not exercising his $35.6 million option with Cleveland for the 2018-19 season.
Players cannot sign free-agent contracts until 12 p.m. Friday.
By opting out, the 76ers, Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers appear to be his likely destinations in free agency. The Lakers appear to be the frontrunners to acquire James, who is not seeking elaborate pitch meeting, according to a report earlier this week.
He would be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million free-agent deal with Cleveland this summer. The four-time MVP's max salary would be $152 million over four years if he signs with another team.
James could opt to sign a "one-and-one deal," a one-year contract for the 2018-19 season with a player option for 2019-20. That would enable him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, if he doesn't opt in.