Report: Cavaliers, LeBron James have not spoken about future
Now that the season is officially over for LeBron James, he can solely focus on his future and whether that involves the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite all of the drama — Kyrie Irving, the trades and now the demoralizing results of the NBA Finals — LeBron and the Cavs have not discussed his free agency.
“The one thing that I’ve always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James said. “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I’ve got a teenage boy, a preteen and a little girl that wasn’t around as well.”
“So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I’ll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that. So I don’t have an answer for you right now as far as that.”
From a basketball standpoint, it makes sense to leave free agency discussions for the summer. On the other hand, LeBron and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert still do not appear to be on good terms. And reports suggest the Cavs did are not inclined to make a huge pitch to James at this stage.
LeBron James sits down and opens up on the craziest season of his career, the months when he worried the Cavs wouldn't even make the playoffs (much less the Finals), why he didn't want Cleveland to trade Kyrie – plus his relationship with Owner Dan Gilbert. pic.twitter.com/baOWUcPoe6
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 31, 2018
LeBron James snubs Dan Gilbert on handshake in postgame celebration https://t.co/HEPDiMWhO8 pic.twitter.com/28MADW6CTT
— TSD NBA (@TSD_NBA) May 28, 2018
It certainly does not help Cleveland’s case when LeBron took issue with the team trading away Kyrie Irving. And it was not only about the trade, the fact the Cavs ended up with virtually nothing other than the eighth pick in the draft. Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder obviously did not pan out, Ante Zizic was a non-factor and the Brooklyn pick fell way below expectations.
With the Cavaliers’ roster going nowhere with no flexibility — along with the perceived tensions between LeBron and Gilbert — there might not be a need for “talks” as greener pastures elsewhere appear more likely in LeBron’s future.