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Report: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving did not meet in Miami

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving apparently were both in Miami over the past weekend. But despite reports to the contrary, the Cleveland Cavaliers teammates — for now — did not actually meet, according to comments made by Stephen A. Smith.

The ESPN commentator reported on “First Take” Thursday that said encounter did not take place, citing a source in James’ camp.

“I just got off the phone with folks about an hour ago,” Smith said, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “They said LeBron James and Kyrie Irving never met at all. They were both in the city of Miami, but I was told that it is quite possible to be in the same city and not see each other. They never met. They never talked.

“LeBron James’ mentality, and according to his camp they want people to know this, LeBron James is fine with whoever comes into camp. Come September when training camp opens, LeBron James will be ready to ball. It does not matter who it is. It does not matter who’s on his team.”

The disputing of the meeting aside, Smith’s final comments bear examining. It would seem that James, if Smith’s sources are reliable, will welcome — perhaps reluctantly — Irving in Cavaliers camp.

James and Irving seemingly have been trading cryptic barbs at one another on social media ever since the original report surfaced concerning the disgruntled point guard’s trade demand (here and here), something that seemingly has a new development with each passing day.

James, however, did continue with his patented cryptic social media musings by refuting reports concerning his purported deteriorating relationship with Irving.

And then there were the events of Wednesday when a report surfaced that James was “100 percent” leaving the Cavaliers after the 2017-18 NBA season. James’ camp of course denied that was the case and the reporter who originally broke the story tweeted some interesting thoughts on why they would do so.

Suffice to say, it has been one eventful — and tumultuous — offseason for James, Irving and the Cavaliers. And there appears no end in sight to all the drama.