Mavs trying to get seat at LeBron's table

A league source told ESPNDallas.com on Sunday that the Dallas Mavericks have been in touch with the LeBron James' camp in an attempt to set up a meeting with the holy grail of the upcoming free agent season.

According to a New York Times report, five teams already have meetings set with James in Ohio on Thursday, the first day of free agency: the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers.

The Times story says that, according to a source, James is leaning toward joining Bulls in a tandem deal that would include Dallas native Chris Bosh, another gem in the 2010 free agency treasure chest.

Of the teams chasing James, the Mavericks are the only ones who are over the salary cap and would have to use a sign-and-trade deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire him. The other teams have cleared enough room under the salary cap to make a run at the two-time MVP.