Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, said one of the people.
James has not made a decision and will not make any announcements before Thursday, a person said, adding, "He wants to meet with his family." As he weighs his options, James will not meet with any other teams, the person added.
The meeting in Las Vegas lasted for more than an hour and took place more than two weeks after James opted out of his contract and about nine hours before free agents may begin signing contracts.
Earlier Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers created salary-cap space with a three-team trade with Boston and Brooklyn, ensuring they have enough to offer James a maximum contract.
With James, the Heat won two NBA titles, but he spent the first seven years of his NBA career playing in Cleveland, and he spends summers in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
The Cavaliers agreed to trade Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev and Tyler Zeller. Cleveland will receive Marcus Thornton from the Nets and send him, Zeller and a future first-round pick to the Celtics. Also, the Cavaliers are trading Jack and Karasev to the Nets.
Not long after making that trade, the Cavaliers had exploratory discussions with Minnesota about a possible deal for Kevin Love -- if James does return to Cleveland, said a source.
Knicks: Carmelo Anthony appears committed to re-signing with New York for the maximum offer of five years and $129 million, Newsday reported. But a league source with ties to Anthony said in a text "no decision yet. Still up in the air."
Spurs: In the middle of the James hysteria, San Antonio issued a two-sentence news release announcing coach Gregg Popovich agreed to a multiyear contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mavericks: Dallas agreed with restricted free agent Chandler Parsons on a three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. Houston can match the offer.
Hornets: Charlotte agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Gordon Hayward that would pay him $63 million over the next four years, a person close to with the situation told AP. Utah can match the offer.
Bucks: Milwaukee signed first-round draft pick Jabari Parker. Terms were not disclosed, but the former Duke forward is guaranteed a minimum of about $8.5 million in the first two years. Parker was the second overall selection.
Clippers: A raging Donald Sterling vowed from the witness stand that he'll never sell the team. "Make no mistake," he shouted toward the end of his second day of testimony in the trial to determine his wife's right to make a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers, "I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust."
He was followed to the stand by wife, Shelly, who tried to approach him after she was done for the day. "Get away from me, you pig!" Sterling shouted. Sterling's lawyers are challenging the authority of wife to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with Steve Ballmer.
Salary cap: The NBA set the 2014-15 cap at $63.1 million, an all-time high. Last season it was $58.7 million.