Even though team owner Dan Gilbert trashed LeBron James after the star left the team for the Miami Heat in free agency — a widely unpopular move at the time that turned out to be a wise choice — the team still believes it has a chance to acquire their former franchise icon. Seriously.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote an article on Sunday about the Cavs’ ceremony to retire the jersey of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. In the article he talked about how the Cavs still believe they have a chance to get James if they can add another star to the team.
Here’s what Lloyd wrote:
But the Cavs privately believe it’s not too late. They still have the assets to pull off a mammoth trade this summer at the draft, the type Grant tried so hard to make. Kevin Love will be entering the final year of his contract, as will LaMarcus Aldridge. Grant tried for two years to unsuccessfully pry both stars out of their current cities, but each had too many years left on their contracts for their current teams to consider it. That’s no longer true.
Let’s just break down how absurd this line of thinking is. First, Cleveland needs to acquire another star to pair with Kyrie Irving just to make themselves a semi-attractive option. Secondly, as Lloyd outlines, the team fired ex-GM Chris Grant, who was close with one of LeBron’s marketing people. Big Z is close with Grant and unhappy with the team for that move. So that’s not going to help. Lastly, they still are the Cavs and still have the same owner who trashed LeBron. Why would he want to return to that? And why would LeBron even want to leave the Heat anyway?
I suppose you might as well dream big if you’re going to dream, but someone needs to give the Cavs a dose of reality!
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