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LeBron James To Conduct Free Agency Talks In Akron

While it had long been anticipated that LeBron James would go on an extended tour of potential free agent destinations, Chris Broussard of ESPN.com is reporting that James will conduct all interviews with other NBA clubs in Northeastern Ohio.

All the elaborate recruiting plans for LeBron James will have to change. James will not go on a recruiting tour, his longtime business manager Maverick Carter told ESPN.com Friday.

"LeBron is not going on a tour," Carter said. "He never planned to go on a tour and has not been a part of any team's plans for a recruiting trip."

Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar will visit with individual clubs in Northeastern Ohio once the free-agency period begins July 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that six teams will come to Akron to meet with James.

LeBron James is planning to invite six teams to meet him over the first three days of free agency, and rap mogul Jay-Z and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov will be part of a New Jersey Nets contingent that is expected make one of the first presentations on July 1 in the Akron, Ohio, area, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

James and his advisors plan to have the Nets, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers make presentations. Yahoo! Sports first reported on Thursday morning that James would be taking appointments with teams on July 1 to begin his free-agency process.

Is this hometown approach good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers?  Head over to SB Nation's Fear The Sword to discuss the possibilities. 

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