Though the Cleveland Cavilers currently sit atop the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 51-20 record, and superstar LeBron James is still putting up video game-like numbers on the court, there have been rumblings that LeBron might dip out on Cleveland (again) at the end of this season when his current contract is up.
Earlier this week, Bleacher Report published an article where James was quoted saying that he would take a pay cut to team up with Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. LeBron unfollowing the Cavaliers on all his social media accounts probably didn’t help either.
Now, the franchise’s general manager David Griffin and head coach Tyronn Lue have stepped in, both having separate conversations with James in order to address their concerns.
Two members of the team’s top brass – coach Tyronn Lue and general manager David Griffin – have had conversations with James over the past few days regarding separate items. Lue spoke with James after Saturday’s 122-101 loss in Miami, during which at halftime James was noticeably chatting it up with his friend, Heat star Dwyane Wade, instead of warming up with the Cavs trailing by 21. Griffin replaced former coach David Blatt with Lue in part to demand more accountability from James — which the player covets — and their chat was an example. Griffin’s talk with James on Wednesday afternoon was a little more general, but was sparked by James’ comments to The Bleacher Report that he wanted to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul on the same team for a “year or two.”
It still remains to be seen if James will be making another departure, but for now, the Cavilers hopefully won’t have to deal with the distractions off the court heading into the playoffs. Hopefully.