Clippers to meet with LeBron

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have officially been granted an audience with the King.

The team announced it will be one of the small group of teams LeBron James will take meetings with at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Ohio with a chance to pitch the merits of joining their organization.

A team source said the meeting will not take place Thursday but will happen sometime within the next two days.

"We are perfectly positioned to engage this summer's free-agent marketplace and we have every intention of playing an active role," Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement. "A little after midnight eastern time on July 1, we contacted the representatives of several free-agent players in whom we have interest.

"We are honored to be one of the select organizations to have been invited to meet with LeBron James and his team. At that time, we intend to present the many reasons why his joining our organization is the best possible choice he could make.

"Key among those reasons is our extraordinary nucleus of players. We have a core group in place which is made up of talented players at every position, a component which would prove attractive to any free agent."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.