Well, the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers run is over. So the season ended with the Cavs losing rather soundly to the Golden State Warriors. Shortly after that, the owner fired the GM David Griffin, who Lebron supported. Lebron went on record saying he wasn't happy and wasn't going to "actively recruit" other players to come to Cleveland.
Cleveland sat at watched as big name free agents moved on, i.e. Gordon Hayward, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague, J.J. Redick, and Blake Griffin. They also sat at watched as other teams around the league made trades for big names like Chris Paul and Paul George. And rumored trades for Carmelo Anthony and even the highly sought after youngster Kristaps Porzingis. Kyrie said that the Cavs offseason has been a "very peculiar place". And just a couple days ago, injury proned, no, injury PLAGUED Derrick Rose is making news for sitting down with Cleveland and having serious talks about signing with them....
And then today... Today, the news broke that Kyrie told team officials he wanted a trade. Citing that he wanted to play a bigger part of a team and he was preparing for Lebron's departure, which could happen this year or the next. The bond between Kyrie and Lebron is what has kept this team together and thriving for the last 3 years. The way they play together and depend on each other, that is why they brought Cleveland a championship last year.
Kyrie is requesting a trade though, mentioning the Knicks, Spurs and maybe the Timberwolves. This may cause Carmelo to land in Cleveland, or a host of other assets for any of the other teams. This would also land Cleveland in a terrible place for the unforeseen future, and in the end, would expedite Lebron's departure.
Lebron, and a lot of other NBA players have been rather cryptic on their Twitter accounts, leading a lot of Twitter feeders on a wild goose chase. But Lebron has left himself a lot of options and a big out for leaving Cleveland. He brought them their title, the one he promised. He has a contentious relationship with the owner anyways, the same owner that fired the GM that Lebron liked. It could be the same owner that would allow Kyrie to be traded away as well. Lebron has also leaned towards Los Angeles at some point at the end of his career. Paul George mentioned at the end of the season that he wanted to play for the Lakers in 2018, just prior to being traded to Oklahoma City. And the prophecies came true and Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers, and wowed everyone during the NBA's Summer League.
Are we a year away from seeing Lebron James, Paul George and Lonzo Ball, all on the floor together? I hope so, because I'd love to see the Warriors dynasty end!!
Jack of All Trades, Master of None