By the time you read this article, it may be possible that LeBron James has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, or that the Cavaliers have traded Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving for some other stars. But if there is anything to think about Cleveland’s moves for the past few days, it is the sheer chaos coming from the defending Eastern Conference champions.
To recap, the Cavaliers according to ESPN writer Marc Stein spent much of Monday angling around for various deals including an attempt to get Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler. But all of a sudden last night, Cavaliers GM David Griffin was fired by owner Dan Gilbert.
No one knew this firing was coming, not even LeBron James who is reportedly disappointed by the announcement. The fact is that the Cavaliers fired a general manager who had brought the Cavaliers to the Finals for three straight years. And while some people would counter “Yeah, because LeBron,” Griffin had brought in pieces to surround for LeBron. He traded for Kevin Love. He got key role players like Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson who helped in the NBA playoffs and made enough money to buy nice Strasserwood furniture for his home.
So what the heck are the Cavaliers thinking by firing Griffin?
The departure of Griffin is so stunning that some analysts are wondering whether this signifies the unthinkable: that LeBron James may depart the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. New York Post writer Jonathan Lehman speculated that LeBron may leave for Los Angeles, pointing out that James apparently still carries some resentment towards Gilbert over the infamous Comic Sans letter he wrote in the aftermath of LeBron’s 2010 departure to Miami.
Such a move would be seemingly devastating for the Cavaliers, who were one of the worst teams with LeBron gone even with Kyrie Irving. But the fact that Cleveland was trounced so thoroughly in the 2017 Finals against the Golden State Warriors may cause Gilbert to think otherwise.
The Cavaliers were the most expensive team in the league last season with a payroll of over $128 million and the accompanying luxury tax payments. And despite the speculation of Cleveland acquiring Butler or Indiana Pacers star Paul George, they would likely have to give up one of their own stars in Love or Irving to get another star, leaving them with a talent deficit compared to Golden State. Is Gilbert really willing to pay that much money for a team that is not a contender compared to the Warriors?
The fact that even the Cavaliers may consider waving the white flag in the face of this Golden State juggernaut indicates just how badly the Warriors have broken the NBA. But Gilbert may decide that rather than running a Cavaliers team that will be older, expensive, and not able to win a title, it may be time to slash costs. And if that means LeBron departs, well Cleveland already has one championship.
Of course, this is speculation and it is possible that LeBron decides to play out the rest of his career in Cleveland. But the sudden departure of Griffin is a clear sign that after these 2017 Finals, all may not be well in The Land.
Cavaliers’ Announcer Fred McLeod Dies at 67
Cleveland Cavaliers announcer Fred McLeod passed away on Monday night at the age of 67, according to a team announcement.
Per the announcement, McLeod passed away suddenly on Monday night, but no further details were given.
McLeod, who is Cleveland native, has been the team’s TV play-by-play announcer since 2006, and the Cavs called him a “great friend and teammate” and a “heart-felt ambassador.”
Prior to joining the Cavaliers organization, McLeod was the Detroit Pistons announcer for 22 seasons, also calling games for the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions.
“It is with true sadness that we mourn the passing of Fred McLeod, who we were fortunate to have return as the television voice of Lions preseason football earlier this year,” the Lions said via and official statement. “Fred brought an energy to our broadcasts this summer and demonstrated the same passion for our team that he had for Detroit throughout his broadcasting career.
“The entire Detroit Lions organization extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Beth, his family and members of the TV broadcast community he helped mentor for more than four decades.”
Cavs Hiring Lindsay Gottlieb As Assistant Coach
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring University of California-Berkeley women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb to join head coach John Beilein’s staff as an assistant coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gottlieb, 41, is a decorated head coach, a Final Four and seven-time NCAA tournament head coach during her time with the Golden Bears, posting a 179-78 (.668) record while coaching several eventual WNBA players.
During her time at the helm of the Golden Bears, Gottlieb has led teams that advanced to seven NCAA tournaments in her eight seasons at Cal, including a trip to the 2013 Final Four.
Gottlieb’s hiring is historically significant, as she becomes the first women’s collegiate head coach recruited to an NBA staff in league history.
Gottlieb is expected to ink a 4-year pact with the Cavaliers, and will play a prominent role alongside Beilein and assistant head coach JB Bickerstaff.
Cavs’ Dan Gilbert Hospitalized After Experiencing Stroke Symptoms
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Giblert was hospitalized on Sunday after he suffered symptoms associated with a stroke, according to the Detroit News’ Nolan Finley and Kim Kozlowski.
Gilbert, 57, was admitted to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in suburban Detroit.
Gilbert also a founder of Quick Loans, which released the following statement: “Early this morning, Dan Gilbert sought care at a local hospital after experiencing stroke-like symptoms,” Quicken Loans said in the statement. “He received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Dan for a speedy recovery. The Gilbert family respectfully requests privacy at this time.”
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