Dan Gilbert Turns Cavs Back Into A Pumpkin
Cleveland sports have been enjoying a unique run of success. Cavaliers went to the NBA Finals for the last three years. Indians went to World Series last season and were a few things away from being champions. Sure, Browns are the Browns, but it’s been pretty great to be a Cleveland sports fan. Dan Gilbert is hellbent on reverting things to years past as he gets rid of David Griffin without telling LeBron James who isn’t happy with him, and Cavs look like a complete tire fire without any real direction.
It appears that Gilbert decided time had run out on what Griffin wanted to do with the future of this team. They couldn’t agree on a contract extension, so, the unpredictable Cavs owner made a switch. It appears that ESPN’s Chauncey Billups is a front-runner for the job. He doesn’t have any front office experience, yet, Ty Lue and him are best friends. This seems a little problematic from Cavs side of things. They clean house and leave LeBron in the dark about the whole thing. He is reportedly not happy.
Here’s the thing about telling players, it’s not that Gilbert had to but there’s some common courtesy to give the star player a heads up of what you’re doing. I hope Bucks owners did it with Giannis. These type of players deserve that. This fuels more speculation that James will no longer be part of this team after the 2017-2018 season. I’m assuming that Billups and him are relatively close, but would it shock me if LeBron forced his way out this summer? Not really, no. Los Angeles is a real possibility for him starting this year.
Many Bucks fans are sour this morning as they see a missed opportunity with Griffin being the general manager of the team. I, myself, am going to be remain in an unrealistic headspace and think there’s a chance he could be given a role higher than GM and work with Jon Horst plus his assistant GM, Trevor Redden. Griffin is a great guy who built a fantastic team around LeBron. It would be amazing if Bucks could figure out, but I’m sure it’s very complicated which will likely make it not work.
Cavaliers could still pull off a trade for Jimmy Butler today, and I wouldn’t be surprised yet this team has deep, internal issues that need to be resolved sooner rather than later.