According to a report from USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, Cavaliers star LeBron James is "concerned" and unhappy about how the Cavs’ offseason has unfolded thus far.
According to the report, James is (understandably) frustrated for a few reasons. For one, James was put off by Dan Gilbert’s decision to move on from both GM David Griffin and VP of Basketball Operations Trent Redden not long after the season ended. This fire was further stoked by their departures occurred the same day a trade for All-Star Jimmy Butler (then a Bull, now a Timberwolf) fell through.
Per Zillgitt, James was also frustrated by the Cavs’ decision to pass on veteran swingman Jamal Crawford and instead add international prospect Cedi Osman. Per Zillgitt, James actively recruited Crawford, but the Cavs were not willing to offer more the minimum. Crawford ended up with the Timberwolves.
In the context of this summer, the Cavs have put forth an unimpressive offseason. The Celtics, for instance, added Gordon Hayward. The Thunder nabbed Paul George. The Rockets added Chris Paul and may still get Carmelo Anthony. And the Warriors were able to keep both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston while also adding the likes of Omri Casspi and Nick Young.
Cleveland, by comparison, added Osman, Jose Calderon, Jeff Green and re-signed Kyle Korver. They also still have not officially announced Griffin’s replacement. Are the Cavs any better, or better equipped to face the Warriors, than they were last year?
James’ frustrations are understandable. Maybe they’ll go away if the Cavs win a title again next season. But, if his frustrations run deep enough, this could be the beginning of the end of the second LeBron era. And as LeBron goes, the Cavs go.