Last night, LeBron tweeted: “If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs.! We got us 1 trophy”
Uhhh, that doesn’t sound like LeBron was on board with the decision. And according to multiple reports, LeBron was not involved in the decision and was made aware of it after the fact.
If that’s true, that’s insane. It’s reckless. It’s insanely reckless on the part of Dan Gilbert. Something like this happens, on the eve of the draft and free agency, and LeBron James isn’t aware of it? That’s the worst thing involving Dan Gilbert since he busted out the Comic Sans.
LeBron told ESPN back in April that he wanted Griffin to get a new deal: “It makes no sense why he shouldn’t get an extension. He’s pulled every move — he’s tried to make every move happen — to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn’t be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here — from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He’s been a big piece of it.”
I’m not sure what’s weirder – letting David Griffin go or not telling LeBron about it. Especially when you consider that according to David Aldridge, Griffin was “elbow deep” yesterday afternoon, working on a deal to bring Jimmy Butler to Cleveland. And that the Cavs were also in talks with the Pacers about a possible move for Paul George. Now that they’re losing Griffin and his top assistant, where do those moves stand? Will there be anyone in the Cavs front office to pick up the phone when it rings?
Not exactly a ringing endorsement about the stability of this organization entering this offseason or the final year of LeBron’s deal. Because you know there will be plenty of other teams that would love to show LeBron how stable they are if he hits the free agent market. Plenty of other teams starting with the two in Los Angeles, including the one that has a lead on Paul George and the one who has his good friend Chris Paul and just brought in Jerry West, a guy who LeBron respects and calls “The Godfather.”
Does all of this mean that LeBron’s bolting for Los Angeles? I don’t know, but I do know it gives him a really good reason to leave. And who would blame him. He’s trying to stack rings and the owner of the team that he’s taken to three straight Finals isn’t looking to keep the GM who’s done the same.
At times like these, it is worth remembering that the reason the Cavs have a title is because of LeBron James and David Griffin, not Dan Gilbert.
If LeBron James was born anywhere other than Ohio, the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn’t be going to three straight Finals. They’d be getting laughed at harder than the Cleveland Browns. The Cavs weren’t always competing for NBA titles. Going to three straight Finals isn’t their birthright. Those pre-LeBron days weren’t pretty. Maybe you do whatever you can to avoid going back to those days. Maybe you keep David Griffin around and do everything you can to keep this run going and to keep LeBron around. Or maybe you don’t. And apparently that’s what Dan Gilbert’s doing.
Gilbert couldn’t be handling this any worse, and he’s going to get exactly what he deserves. How this guy hasn’t learned from the mistakes he’s made time and time again, I have no idea. Believe me if he had a gamer, Cavs fans would be burning it in the streets as we speak.