All is not well in The King’s Court.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports reports on Monday that LeBron James is “frustrated and concerned” with the way the offseason has gone for the Cleveland Cavaliers, having been “expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors.”
Zillgitt also cites Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s decision not to retain general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden in the days before the NBA draft and the beginning of free agency as key to James’ frustration. He adds that Cleveland was “close” to a trade with the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler the day that the duo was let go as well.
The Cavs’ summer has been highlighted by re-signing 36-year-old Kyle Korver to a three-year, $22 million deal, and adding 35-year-old Jose Calderon and 30-year-old Jeff Green on one-year minimum deals, hardly awe-inspiring moves. James can become a free agent after next season, and talk of him potentially flocking for greener pastures has been heating up in recent weeks and months. The four-time MVP also seems to be detaching more and more from the Cavs recently, and this latest development will lend further credence to rumors of a potential LeExit in 2018.