I’m coming home. Those were the words that LeBron James uttered to let the world know he was coming back to Cleveland in 2014. LeBron decided to return despite an obnoxious Dan Gilbert letter that went public after he left in 2010.
Many thought that Dan had burned down the bridge with LeBron after embarrassingly attacking him publicly with his infamous letter. While the two have never had the best of relationships, they had to put their differences aside in order to achieve a common goal. After all, winning does cure everything.
During the last offseason, Dan made some questionable decisions. These decisions have caused some to think that Dan is not truly dedicated to winning. The biggest splash made by the Cavaliers this offseason was the awkward separation from talented general manager, David Griffin. The timing was definitely mind boggling, being that the separation was right before the free agency period.
Immediately following David’s departure, LeBron took to twitter to really show his frustration. This was another one of LeBron’s world famous cryptic tweets. While LeBron thanked David for all of his contributions that eventually led to the Cavaliers’ first championship, he also seemed to take a subtle shot at Dan Gilbert. “If no one appreciated you Griff I did”, is what LeBron used to make sure Dan knew that he did not approve of the move.
Recent reports also state that LeBron was very shocked by the Cavaliers’ decision to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. This trade was yet another ball dropped by Dan. If you have a generational talent on your team, you try to keep him happy, especially if he has a pending free agency decision in the summer.
LeBron has been frustrated with the Cavaliers’ front office and this is not the first time. Gilbert seems to be content with the 2016 championship and doesn’t seem eager to build contending teams around LeBron.
It will be interesting to see if the Cavaliers can make any splashes to try to lure LeBron into staying. Next month will certainly be entertaining, but for now, all we can do is speculate.
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