LeBron James frustrated with Cavaliers' offseason
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 20, 2017,
Jul 20, 2017, 0:27
The source says LeBron was expecting an "aggressive offseason" but was dismayed when owner Dan Gilbert made a decision to part ways with GM David Griffin just days before the draft.
After losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the Finals, James told reporters he needed to sit down and "figure out" the Warriors. Conference rival Boston Celtics won big in the draft, rid themselves of Avery Bradley's contract, and brought in superstar forward Gordon Hayward. 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.
"Like I said, we're in a peculiar place", Irving answered. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded for Butler and signed Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford in free agency. James did his part.
With Simmons, Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and a ton of cap space, maybe Philadelphia is truly a realistic destination for James. This has led many to speculate his frustration could be a reason he may seriously consider leaving Cleveland when he becomes a free agent in 2018. The Cavs also reportedly pursued Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but the former was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the latter has reportedly been taken off the trade market for now. 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.
And now, the speculation is reaching a fever pitch because James is supposedly "frustrated" by how Cleveland's offseason has progressed.
Lately, there's been a small chorus of media members and National Basketball Association fans wondering whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should explore trading LeBron James, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.