Feb 11, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James' agent meets with Suns owner Robert Sarver

Robert Sarver met with LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, in Cleveland on Wednesday and the Phoenix Suns could be considered as James leans more toward exploring his free agency options outside of Miami, ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports. Even better news for James’ suitors: Three finalists could return to Cleveland to give James their presentations in person next week.

James seems to have had “a breakdown in communication” from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the Big Three’s attempt to return to South Beach, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Suns aren’t the only NBA team that has met with Paul in the early stages of James’ free agency, which he has yet to participate in himself. The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers could all be fighting for an in-person sit-down with the four-time MVP.

According to Broussard, Sarver and Paul discussed the team’s attempts to team James with other max-level stars such as Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.

Without major maneuvers, the Suns cannot sign two max-level free agents at the 10-year plus veteran range that James will start out at. That could force a player like Anthony to take a pay cut, or for the Suns to gut their roster. Anthony is deep into the free agency process after a tour of Chicgao, Houston, Dallas, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers, and there has been no indications he is being courted by the Suns.

Perhaps signing Bosh is more realistic from a tactical standpoint and a financial one, though guessing at this point is all speculation.

The important part of this news is that Phoenix has legitimately made itself a part of the conversation. James isn’t even at the first step of deciding to leave the Heat, but over the past few days that has appeared more likely as president Pat Riley has failed to put together any free agent signings that would help bring the Big Three back together.

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