Reporter: LeBron James’ reps ‘will/must lie to protect his image’
ESPN NBA reporter Chris Sheridan on Thursday doubled down on his report Wednesday that LeBron James is “100 percent leaving” the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2017-18 season.
Sheridan suggested in his original tweeted report that James’ relationship with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is “beyond repair.”
NBA source said today: "This will be LeBron's final season in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair."
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) August 16, 2017
In fact, Sheridan even upped the ante by making the accusation that the Cavaliers superstar’s reps “will/must lie to protect his image.”
Sheridan made the controversial claim in tweet posted Thursday morning, also accusing James’ inner circle as being “disingenuous.”
One follow-up tweet on LeBron leaving Cleveland next summer: Denials from his reps are disingenuous. They will/must lie to protect his image
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) August 17, 2017
A report that vehemently disputed the veracity of Sheridan’s assertion on James’ future was quickly posted to Twitter via Hoop Hype’s Alex Kennedy.
LeBron camp is vehemently denying this report. "That source is totally off, especially about the relationship between LeBron and ownership."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 16, 2017
There’s obviously a lot to unpack in processing the disparate reporting of the past day. James could very well decided to jump ship and leave Cleveland again following next season. That much is true, especially in light of some developments within the Cavs organization this offseason, including the departure of former general manager David Griffin, not to mention the Kyrie Irving trade drama, something that continues to dominate the NBA news cycle.
That said, new Cavs general manager Koby Altman said last month that James “remains deeply committed” the organization.
It certainly makes little sense for the James camp to confirm he’s headed elsewhere after next season. That would be supremely foolish. Whether James’ reps are actually guilty of being “disingenuous” may be an accurate assertion. But without question it’s the only way to go at this stage.