LeBron James ‘remains deeply committed’ to Cavs, GM says
LeBron James, despite most signs indicating otherwise, “remains deeply committed” to the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, so says new team general manager Koby Altman.
It’s been a tumultuous offseason to say the least for the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially over the past week following Kyrie Irving’s demand for a trade going public. But the drama began long before the ongoing, almost surreal evolution of the Irving saga, beginning with the surprising departure of former general manager David Griffin, something that reportedly angered James.
Along with those two notable and potentially organization-altering developments, the Cavaliers haven’t done much to upgrade its roster in the wake of a sobering, lopsided loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals other than the signing this week of Derrick Rose.
Reports and speculation have suggested that James could very well be on his way out of Cleveland for the second time. The superstar can be a free agent after the 2017-18 NBA season by opting out on his contract. And early indications, in light of the aforementioned tumult within the Cavaliers organization, point to James possibly opting to head elsewhere.
According to Altman, however, that may not be the case.
“LeBron remains deeply committed to this organization,” Altman said during a Wednesday press conference, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “He remains deeply committed to this team and deeply committed to this city. He has deep roots to this city. And it means a lot to him to be here and compete for championships for years to come. That’s his goal, and so we have shared goals.”
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert echoed Altman’s contention during the same press conference, saying James “has been as helpful as he’s ever been” to the organization.
That said, it’s way too early to predict how things will play out next summer, much less this summer on the Irving front. James could ink a five-year, $209 million contract should he decide to remain with the Cavaliers. But if the organization doesn’t figure out a way to stabilize itself, James may decide his future is better played out in a different NBA town.