USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt has an unsurprising report about how LeBron James, who will be a free agent next summer, is currently feeling about how the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offseason has unfolded. He’s apparently not very happy about it.
According to Zillgitt, James is displeased with team owner Dan Gilbert’s decision to let go of former GM David Griffin just days before the draft, and is further frustrated by the team’s inability to improve the roster. From the report:
Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
Further exacerbating James’ frustration is the Cavs were close to making a deal for then-Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler the day Gilbert decided to mutually part ways with Griffin and Redden, two people familiar with negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the negotiations.
Congratulations to Gilbert, who is currently on pace to drive one of the greatest basketball players in history out of his city twice in the same decade.