LeBron James is reportedly "frustrated" and "concerned" with the Cavs' lackluster offseason, according to a report from USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert decided to part ways with general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden only days before the 2017 NBA Draft after the two sides reportedly "just couldn't agree on the future." That decision was a cause for consternation for James, according to Zillgitt, because of James' concern about the Cavs competing with the Warriors in the offseason arms race.
Golden State kept Stephen Curry with a supermax deal, re-signed Kevin Durant for significantly less than his actual value, prevented important role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston from leaving and even added valuable pieces like Omri Casspi, Nick Young and rookie Jordan Bell to a championship roster. Cleveland retained Kyle Korver and added Jose Calderon and Jeff Green, but that barely puts a dent in the Warriors' armor.
To make matters worse, Griffin was reportedly working on a potential trade for Jimmy Butler shortly before the Cavs announced he would no longer serve as the team's GM.
Griffin was elbow deep today, as late as an hour ago, working to put together a monster deal to get Jimmy Butler from Chicago.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 19, 2017
Cavs front office had difficulty in trade talks this week, constantly needing to address Griffin's future with rival executives. Tough spot.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2017
The Cavs missed out on hiring Chauncey Billups as Griffin's replacement, reportedly handing him what was viewed as a below-market contract for the GM position. Cavs assistant GM Koby Altman has been in charge since Griffin's departure.
James is 32 years old and on the "back nine" of his career (unless he's a cyborg and will play forever, which is possible). He understands the complexities of the salary cap and the restrictions the Cavs face, but he also had a GM in Griffin who worked around those restrictions and helped build a roster around James, which the four-time MVP clearly appreciated.
If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1🏆— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2017
LeBron will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season, and the rumors about him joining a talented young Lakers team will continue to linger. He left Cleveland once. Don't be surprised if the disarray within the front office makes him consider doing it again.