The Miami Heat haven’t been able to accomplish much of anything thus far in NBA Free Agency. As the organization tries to make moves to lure back LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, there haven’t been any deals that have come to fruition just yet. Even with that, the Heat have still seemed like the favorites as LeBron’s destination. The Phoenix Suns might be trying to change that.
According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Robert Sarver, the owner of the Suns, met with James’ agent—Rich Paul—in Cleveland on Wednesday of this week to discuss the possibility of the King coming to Phoenix. Reportedly, the idea of teaming up LeBron with Bosh or LeBron with Carmelo Anthony was one of the things that Paul and Sarver chatted about.
While plenty of teams have been making their pitches to LeBron and Melo, the Suns offer arguably the most interesting and promising opportunity for the free agent All-Stars. Phoenix has the cap-room and ability to clear more cap-room to the point that they would be able to sign two free agents to max-level deals while also retaining Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Miles Plumlee.
There would be definite repercussions if LeBron were to go to a third team for his NBA career with a lot of fan backlash sure to ensue. However, Phoenix offers everything that LeBron has openly said that he’s looking for coming into next season. The Suns have a talented young core to put around LeBron, can add another star level player, and can give him max-money. That’s something that you certainly can’t scoff at.
Outside of Sarver and Paul meeting in Cleveland, there’s not much else to go on regarding the situation. There’s been no mention of an offer or how Paul and LeBron reacted to Phoenix’s pitch. Just looking at the situation with the Suns and the type of situation James desires to be in, though, this is a development that could garner serious traction.