Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It is certainly a long shot, to say the least.
But at least the Denver Nuggets appear willing to take it.
With NBA free agency now open and deals with Nikola Jokic and WIll Barton done, the Nuggets are reportedly working hard to try to land a meeting with James, with the hopes of persuading him to sign with them.
Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reports the Nuggets have been in contact with James' agent Rich Paul, trying to make the case that the Nuggets, with their talented young core, are a viable option for James.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reported that Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman had a phone conversation with both James and Paul as free agency began at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, July 1.
Sunday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com are reporting that James' reps are meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Late Saturday night, the Nuggets were busy locking down two key players.
The club and big man Jokic agreed on a new five-year max contract worth around $147 million.
Guard Will Barton agreed on a reported four-year deal worth approximately $54 million.
Now, the Nuggets are hoping their full-court press on James pays dividends.
Y! Story on Denver's pursuit of a meeting with LeBron James https://t.co/YUKJ5jUb6q— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 1, 2018
The Nuggets know it's a long shot, but Denver's ultra aggressive front office wants a shot at selling James on a Jokic/Murray/Barton teammate trio--even if it's just for one year.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 1, 2018
Philadelphia is meeting with LeBron James and his reps today in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Gifted young center Nikola Jokic is poised to accept a five-year, $148M maximum contract to stay with the Denver Nuggets shortly after midnight, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has committed to a five-year, $146.5M maximum contract with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
Denver has retained its two core free agents.
Barton has been a strong focus for the Pacers, who would pivot and search for perimeter free agent help elsewhere. Doug McDermott and Joe Harris are potential Pacers targets, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/gSQJnuIJT5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2018
Free agent guard Will Barton has committed to a four-year, $54 million re-sign with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell Yahoo. Barton will also have a player option on Year 4.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018