Pat Riley and the Miami Heat felt LeBron James may have already made up his mind about returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they met with him in July of 2014.
"There were also indications the Heat felt James had already made up his mind and was attempting to make Riley grovel," writes Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin in their forthcoming book 'Return of the King'.
Riley spoke to James about Miami's new additsions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Shabazz Napier.
James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.
Among the book's photos was one of James seated alongside Riley and Arison at the 2014 NBA Finals, with a caption of, "Heat president Pat Riley's 'If you've got the guts' message during a 2014 press conference may have alienated LeBron James on his way out the door. James was also frustrated that Heat owner Micky Arison slowed spending on the roster."