Marc Stein: Rich Paul

The agent for LeBron James has this week met with officials from multiple teams interested in courting James in free agency, according to sources close to the process.

The exact number of teams to secure face-to-face meetings with Cleveland-based Rich Paul was not immediately known, but sources told ESPN.com that the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and James' home state Cleveland Cavaliers have all had the opportunity to make presentations to Paul in recent days.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Suns owner Robert Sarver, in particular, met with Paul on Wednesday and pitched the idea of luring James from Miami to the desert by trying to sign Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh as well.

Sources also tell Broussard that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had a meeting with Paul this week.

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