Report: Cavaliers ‘beyond’ making grand pitch to LeBron James
The biggest story line of the upcoming NBA offseason undoubtedly will be the future of LeBron James. The speculation has been rampant and endless conjecture has been forwarded in an effort to predict what James intends to do once he becomes a free agent by exercising the player option in his current contract.
The fact remains, however, that James conceivably could opt to remain in Cleveland and enjoy the comforts of home. That said, according to one NBA insider, James should not expect the Cavaliers to pull out all the stops in a bid to keep him in the fold.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, who seeems to be about as plugged in to all-things Cavaliers as any other media member — appeared on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan this week and speculated the Cavs are not about to wine and dine James.
“Frankly I think they’re beyond that,” Lloyd said of the Cavaliers, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “I don’t think there’s gonna be some big sell this summer, I really don’t. I think it’s gonna be ‘You wanna come back or not? This is home, you know we’ll spend money, do you wanna do this or not?’ And I think it’s gonna be that simple.”
James has been remarkably candid in recent days about the unlikely prospect of the Cavaliers digging out of an 0-3 hole against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. And comments made by James in the process of admitting to just taht could be interpreted as a criticism of the current state of Cleveland’s roster.
Further, rumors have persisted over the past few seasons that James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have a somewhat toxic relationship. That’s something that certainly will come into play when LeBron plots his next move.
It goes without saying that James knows how to expertly craft and manipulate a narrative. There’s no reason to expect James to tip his hand regarding his uncertain future. Things will continue to remain in a holding pattern until James declares otherwise, regardless of all the theories certainly to be forwarded in the coming weeks.