Pat Riley made his pitch. And now, LeBron James wants time to think.
The Miami Heat president met with the four-time MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly disclosed details of the meeting. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley, and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting.
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.
So now, Miami waits. So does Cleveland. So, too, does just about the entire NBA — because once James picks the Heat or the Cavaliers, the teams believed to be serious suitors for his services, the domino effect of other free agent moves will surely follow.
The meeting lasted for more than an hour and took place more than two weeks after James opted out of his contract and elected to become a free agent, and the day before free agents may begin signing contracts.
Several teams have met with Paul during the free agent process, but it appears James has only one decision to make: Cleveland or Miami, the same choice he pondered four years ago when he decided play with the Heat. With James, the Heat won four Eastern Conference titles and two championships.
In the middle of the James hysteria, the San Antonio Spurs issued a two-sentence press release announcing that coach Gregg Popovich had agreed to a multiyear contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
After beating the Heat for the franchise’s fifth title last month, the Spurs quickly found out that Tim Duncan would indeed return next season. Deals with Patty Mills and Boris Diaw ensured that the roster would remain largely intact, so there was little doubt that the 65-year-old Popovich would return for a 19th season on the bench.
That was confirmed in a presentation that was predictably light on fanfare. No comments from Popovich. No statements from general manager RC Buford or owner Peter Holt. No big deal, just the way Popovich likes it.
Sterling denounces wife
Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers, and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he would never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
‘‘Make no mistake today,’’ Sterling 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 Sterling, who tried to approach him in the courtroom after she was done for the day.
‘‘Get away from me, you pig!’’ Sterling shouted.
The judge then admonished him to make no further comments.
Sterling began his testimony by saying he loved his wife, but then denounced her. He said she told him to have psychiatric and neurological exams only because he had turned 80, and she was concerned for his health.
‘‘She deceived me. I trusted her,’’ Sterling said. ‘‘I never thought a wife wouldn’t stand for her husband.’’
Donald Sterling’s lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under the family trust to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Offer made to Hayward
The Hornets agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Gordon Hayward that would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years, a person close to the situation told the AP. The Jazz will have three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs. It’s unclear at this point if the Jazz would match the offer to keep Hayward or consider a sign-and-trade with Charlotte. Hayward, who visited with the Hornets this week, averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 steals last season for Utah . . . The Mavericks have made a move at small forward, agreeing with restricted free agent Chandler Parsons on a three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. The Rockets will now have to decide whether to match the offer. Dallas got an agreement in place with Parsons even before small forwards James or Carmelo Anthony announced where they will play, a signal that the Mavericks are most likely out on the two most prominent free agents. Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists last season for the Rockets . . . The Bucks signed first-round draft pick Jabari Parker to his rookie contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Parker, the No. 2 overall selection, is guaranteed a minimum of about $8.5 million in the first two years before Milwaukee has team options on his third and fourth seasons . . . The Raptors signed 18-year-old Brazilian forward Bruno Caboclo, the 20th overall selection . . . The NBA set the 2014-15 salary cap at $63.1 million, an all-time high, paving the way for contracts to be signed.