Bet On LeBron Leaving the Cavs, Owner Dan Gilbert is the Catalyst

The NBA trade deadline came and went.The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the headlines as they incinerated their roster. The Cavs shipped off Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Channing Frye, and a first-round draft pick (not the Brooklyn Nets pick). In exchange, they received George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr.

This move reeks of incompetency from the Cleveland front office. Although the moves they made on the trade deadline were solid, it shows that Dan Gilbert is struggling with basketball expertise and his own ego.

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert do not have the greatest relationship. Back in 2010 when James took “his talents to South Beach”, Gilbert wrote a scathing letter to the team’s website.

“This was announced with several days, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating,” Gilbert wrote. “with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

read the whole letter here.

An emotional Gilbert failed to surround James with decent players. With the likes of Delonte West, Anderson Varejao, and Mo Williams; this Cavs team could not compete against “The Big 3” in Boston.

After winning a couple championships in Miami, James decided to come home. Still a rift between the owner and the superstar player, James wanted to win a championship for the city of Cleveland (an hour outside of his hometown of Akron).

Meanwhile, owner Dan Gilbert is in power struggle with his front office. In 2010 Gilbert fired general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown after winning 143 games in two seasons.

Chris Grant the new GM takes over for a LeBron-less Cavs team in 2010. A dumpster fire with no support from their owner. He ends up drafting Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, but that cant save face. He ends up being fired halfway through the 2013 season.

Assistant to Chris Grant, David Griffin takes over as GM in 2014. He drafts Andrew Wiggins (trades him for Kevin Love), acquires J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and a couple draft picks from the Knicks. With James now on the team, Griffin worked with him to bring players around him that would complement him. Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, and Channing Frye were then added.

Ultimately building a championship that knocked off a historically great Golden State Warriors team. A rift began to form between the owner and GM. Trade rumors began to swirl about Kyrie Irving.

As the two decided they could not coexist, Griffin decided to step down. He was rumored to have a deal set out to acquire Jimmy Butler and also had a deal to bring in Paul George.

After Griffin stepped down, it was announced that Kyrie Irving was traded and superstar LeBron James was not consulted. This lead to a disastrous offseason after failing to sign any of the big names they sought out.


This is headed towards another bad breakup. Players were reportedly shocked when David Griffin resigned. A revered basketball mind and architect of Cleveland’s lone championship was pushed out by its egotistical owner.

LeBron James is going to be playing in his last year in Cleveland this year. Can you really blame him?

Header Photo Source: LeBron James Bleacher Report

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