Report: LeBron James NOT HAPPY with Cavaliers Offseason
LeBron James is not happy with the way the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offseason has gone so far.
There’s a shocker, huh? According to a new report from USA Today, a source “close to situation” says James is “concerned” and “frustrated” by the fact that the Cavs have done absolutely nothing to close the gap between themselves and the Warriors.
The source says LeBron was expecting an “aggressive offseason” but was dismayed when owner Dan Gilbert decided to part ways with GM David Griffin just days before the draft. Adding to his frustration was the fact that Griffin was very close to landing Jimmy Butler when Gilbert decided to shake things up.
James has also been frustrated by Gilbert’s inability or unwillingness to find a replacement for Griffin. While teams like the Knicks and Magic were snatching up top front office talent, the Cavs were low-balling Chauncey Billups, who ultimately told Gilbert to f— off.
Of course, while Cleveland has been busy doing nothing, other teams have loaded up. The Rockets traded for Chris Paul, the Celtics signed Gordon Hayward, the Warriors signed Nick Young, and in addition to Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves also landed Jamal Crawford.
That last one made LeBron particularly upset. Crawford is a three-time “Sixth Man of the Year” who would have dramatically improved the Cleveland bench, and LeBron recruited him hard. However, the Cavaliers only offered Crawford the minimum $2.3 million salary, even though they had the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.19 million available. When the Timberwolves offered Crawford $4.45 million, he took it.
All in all, things are not looking good in The Land. LeBron James is 32 years old. The Cavs should be frantically looking to add talent and win championships, but Dan Gilbert is acting like he’s got all the time in the world. If he doesn’t get his head out of his ass, LeBron is going to leave Cleveland again. And this time nobody will blame him.
Hat Tip – [USA Today]