DALLAS -- The agent for LeBron James met with represenatatives of the Dallas Mavericks this week, according to ESPN.
James' agent, Rich Paul, also met with representatives of the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavalivers. The meetings took place in Cleveland.
James is the No. 1 player available in this summer free agent market after he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat last week. A source told the Star-Telegram that the Mavs did have a representive who met with Paul.
If the Mavs are able to sign a player of James' skill-set, it would likely make them the favorite to win next year's NBA title. James is the NBA's best player and has taken the Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals, and they won two of them.
The Mavs are also in talks with Carmelo Anthony, who was offered a five-year, $129 million contract by the New York Knicks and a four-year, $96 million contract from the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of those offers, according to ESPN, came Thursday night -- one day after Anthony visited the Mavs in Dallas.
Thus, the Mavs are out of the running for Anthony and will now turn their attention to James, Houston's Chandler Parsons and Cleveland's Luol Deng.
-- Dwain Price
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