Today was that day when everything and nothing happened all at once. Yep, nothing to see here.
Despite a 12-ish hour period that was chock-full of juicy rumors, gossip, and some tangible bits of information, things aren’t any clearer than they were when the sun rose this morning.
It’s becoming a bit more obvious that LeBron James was, at the very least, leaning towards heading back to Cleveland. We do know that he met with Pat Riley this afternoon in Las Vegas, and as reported first by Chris Broussard of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, no decision was made. Or, no decision will be announced this evening, that is.
Of course, Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com has been trumpeting high-percentage likelihoods that LBJ will return to the Cavaliers, and reported this evening that King James has indeed made his decision.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 9, 2014
There have been exactly zero members of the media concurring with this report, so it’s certainly taken with some grains of salt. But, reading the tea leaves will tell you that it certainly seems to be headed in that direction. Chris Bosh is still having overtures with the Houston Rockets, according to Wojnarowski, and things appear to still be hot and heavy.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Carmelo Anthony was likely returning to New York, although multiple reports surfaced shortly thereafter that suggested that Anthony has in fact not made a final decision.
The only bit of real, tangible news that was somewhat unexpected was Wojnarowski’s report that the Dallas Mavericks plan to ink Chandler Parsons to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet at 11:01 C.T. this evening, when contracts and trades can become official. This will force Houston to stop in it’s tracks for at least a moment while in pursuit of other free agents. It’s unlikely that they’ll match, but if they somehow miss out on James/BoshAnthony, they’ll have severely overplayed their hand.
And lastly, Wojnarowski has spoken the final word of the day regarding the Wolves and the Kevin Love situation. We leave you with this, although things can change in the blink of an eye in NBA free agency, of course.
Minnesota willing to let market play out until James/Anthony/Bosh land, wait on next wave of Kevin Love offers, sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014