LeBron James will meet the Knicks in Ohio on Thursday, the first day official contact between recruiters and recruits is allowed in a historic free-agent chase, according to a source close to the situation.
Knicks officials are hoping to convince James to ultimately travel to New York for a news conference that would mark the franchise's biggest day since the 1973 championship.
Wade and Bosh already have committed to a New York visit to see and hear a presentation on why they should gamble the balance of their primes on the Knicks -- with or without James in the lineup.
Wade and Bosh are expected to be given the same A-list treatment during their recruiting visits that the Knicks wanted to give LeBron.
If the Knicks lose James to Cleveland, Chicago or Miami, they're expected to use their $35 million in salary-cap space to offer Wade and Bosh maximum contracts.
Though Wade is heavily favored to remain in Miami, Bosh is expected to leave Toronto.