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Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

Posted on: June 15, 2010 8:00 pm
 

LOS ANGELES -- With Tom Izzo's decision Tuesday to stay at Michigan State, the Cavaliers are right back where they've been since their stunning playoff loss to the Celtics: in LeBron limbo.

Izzo couldn't come to terms with leaving East Lansing without knowing if he'd be coaching LeBron James or not -- even if it was for $6 million a year. LeBron has strategically removed himself from the Cavs' coaching search, and in fact hasn't said a word publicly about the organizational demolition that the loss to Boston fueled. Unless you count the Larry King love fest on CNN, James hasn't publicly addressed the firing of coach Mike Brown or the unceremonious departure of general manager Danny Ferry.

Word is that while he didn't reject the notion of Izzo coaching the Cavs, he didn't entirely endorse it, either. In any event, LeBron apparently wouldn't even speak with Izzo about his intentions when it comes to his impending free agency. In fact, one person who has been in contact with the Cavs' front office said LeBron has been incommunicado with team officials, as well.

So once again, the Cavs are held hostage by LeBron. They can't move forward with any serious offseason plans -- franchise-shaping plans -- until they know whether LBJ is staying or going. Cavs GM Chris Grant has the least enviable job in the NBA, other than the media relations director of LeBron's next team, whatever that might be. (I'll expand on that another time, but for now, to say that LeBron is high maintenance is like saying Shakira has been known to slightly gyrate her hips from time to time.)

Two NBA team executives told CBSSports.com Tuesday that the Cavs were busily proceeding with their coaching search even before Izzo's decision became public, with much of the focus centering on former Hornets coach Byron Scott. One of those people said the Cavs were screening numerous candidates. But Scott, or any other candidate, would want the same information Izzo was unable to glean about LeBron's future. And Scott's situation also will be affected by how the Finals end for the Lakers. If Phil Jackson decides to step down, Scott is the most plausible candidate waiting in the wings to replace him.

Those executives also said Grant was performing his due diligence on the trade front, asking several teams about acquiring draft picks. The Cavs have no picks in the 2010 draft, having traded them to Washington (first round) and Phoenix (second round). But even in that pursuit, the executives said Grant's hands are tied because he can't possibly know what kind of trades to make if he doesn't know whether LeBron will be on the team. Grant is trying to proceed as though LeBron will stay, but as Izzo's situation proved, that's an exceedingly difficult tightrope to walk.




 


Comments

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:55 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

i think wat lebron is doin in cleveland is garbage. they should cut him lose and try to do better in the drafts later on. lebron isnt no michael jordan at least jordan never did wat lebron did when he lost alot of playoffs 2 other teams, he just came back the next season and did better and even got a ring later on but he never gave up or held the bulls hostage like lebron did. lebron has talent he could be the next jordan if he wasnt doin things like hes doin now. he will never be the player michael was and is if he keeps his attitude and his demeanor like it is now.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:32 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

There is really no way of knowing what James is going to do until he tells us or the news leaks out. It is pretty obvious to me that he has already his decision or is just wanting publicity for his massive ego. Any way he goes, he will be a star, but not a winner until he wins a championship. A few million dollars probably has little meaning for James with all of his advertising money that he makes. He probably has more money than he can ever spend already, now it is for the ego or self gratification anyway. Come July all will fall into place with James and the other stars anyway. Life goes on.






Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

First, your simply wrong.  Wade has said repeatedly that his strong preference is to remain in Florida.  He said it right after the season, and he recently said it again.  He wants to see what happens, but he has made it clear that his preference is to go back to the Heat.  Bosh has taken the exact opposite position, he has made it clear he wants to go.  His statements during the season expressed his frustration with the team and its management.  He may take the money to stay, but his strong preference is to go.  As to Johnson, I do not think he is in the same category as the big 3.  But more importantly, I have not heard any reports suggesting that Atlanta's plans for next year are so tied to Johnson's decision.

Ok, the poster i was responding to said that he hates LeBron even more "because he hasn't decided on his future yet." Which is the exact same situation as every other free agent... yet i don't see blogs devoted to them every day. And LeBron has said that his #1 priority is to win a championship. He also said he wants to be a billion dollar athlete. He also said he won't leave Cleveland till there's a parade in the streets. And since you take every word so literal coming from these players... please... draw up a scenario where all those occur simultaneously. Because, you know, since he said em... they have to be true.

Please, just take it for what it is. LeBron, Wade, and (insert name here) are all alike. Their seasons are over and they don't know what they're doing yet... and really, they shouldn't. It's most likely not in their best interest.

Second, Lebron is different than almost any other player, because of his talent level and his situation.  Cleveland becomes a rebuilding project the minute Lebron leaves.  The heat on the other hand, have been bringing in young talent and will try to go after a big name free agent even if Wade leaves.  They want Wade back and it will have an impact, but they are not in the same position as Cleveland.  Toronto is always in rebuilding mode, and Atlanta will continue to try to improve whether Johnson is back or not.  Atlanta has a number of good players and even if Johnson leaves, they will not switch to rebuilding mode.

Cleveland and Miami are in dismal situations if their superstars leave. Miami?? Young talent??? Where? If Wade leaves, the Heat are in absolute shambles no matter who they sign. I could careless about Toronto, Atlanta, and even Miami. I was just using them as examples - they hold no weight to my initial argument.

Third, Cleveland cannot hire a coach until Lebron makes up his mind.  If Lebron comes back, every coach in the country wants that job.  If Lebron leaves, it becomes a rebuilding project.  There are coaches - even good ones - who will take that on, but the elite coaches will not.  That is the biggest problem with Lebron's silence.

Really?!?! I understand the dilemma here. But LeBron holds no obligations as of now.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

I say lebron stays in Cleveland  for max contract..If he doesnt win a title during the contract he signs with a team closest to winning one..By that time he'll be only 31-32..the age where Jordan started his 2nd 3 peat...Lebron will come back just for the fact he gets more money....if not he'll still get one more big contract when this one he gets with the cavs expires..



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

Lebron isn't doing anything wrong at all.  The only thing I can get from the article is he doesn't care too much about cleveland.  Face it, if he really wanted to stay in Cleveland, he could have talked to Izzo (or whoever he wanted) and the Cleveland GM, gotten him on board, and inked a deal the first day FA starts.  He has had every oppurtunity to stay in Cleveland over the past few years, yet insists on marching into FA to "see what's out there."  He knows whats out there - it's not a secret.  New York, Chicago, LA Clips, etc...the teams with enough cap space to sign him are well known. 

Sorry Cleveland.  Nothing about this situation is positive.




Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

No, the title is correct, the Cavs are stuck, until he makes a decision where he'll play.  If he comes out and 100% says he is staying in Cleveland for the next 5 or 6 years that clears up alot.  Izzo may then have taken the job, Ferry may have stayed in town to finish what he started, Wade, Bosh, Kirk would then be able to determine if they'd like to join him and try to get a ring, maybe not Wade because he already has his.  With James out of the picture then the rest of them can make up their minds if they'll move or not.  SO it's not throwing stones at him for not deciding yet, it's telling the truth, they truely are in limbo right now and ONLY he can get them out of it.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:12 am
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

Lebron Favre?  What exactly has LeBron flip-flopped on?  It seems to me like he has every intention of testing free agency and going through that process, which is something he has EVERY RIGHT to do.  In Favre's case, he was under contract and making demands, threatening retirement, etc.  LeBron wants the open market to court him, which is how free agency works.  Cleveland has no claim on him anymore.  They have done their best to keep him, and when free agency starts we will see if that was enough.  Izzo knows that the job is very different if they have LeBron vs. not, but how is that any different than Chicago, New York, New Jersey, or LA (Clippers).  Tom Thibedeau could have asked the Bulls if they were planning on signing LeBron, or Wade, Bosh, etc.  and the best they could say would be "we'll try."  You can never assume a FA is going to automatically resign.  How is what LeBron's doing wrong?   He is not voicing displeasure or demaning a trade while under contract.  He is not saying, "I'll resign but I want to pick the coach and GM", he is only saying that he is waiting for the FA season to start, which is probably the best "business decision" he can make.  When an organization cuts loose an old but productive and loyal player to save money, this is exactly the way they frame it.  LeBron wants to weigh his options, and he may want to see where Wade and Bosh go first.  There is nothing wrong with that.



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:53 am
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

First, your simply wrong.  Wade has said repeatedly that his strong preference is to remain in Florida.  He said it right after the season, and he recently said it again.  He wants to see what happens, but he has made it clear that his preference is to go back to the Heat.  Bosh has taken the exact opposite position, he has made it clear he wants to go.  His statements during the season expressed his frustration with the team and its management.  He may take the money to stay, but his strong preference is to go.  As to Johnson, I do not think he is in the same category as the big 3.  But more importantly, I have not heard any reports suggesting that Atlanta's plans for next year are so tied to Johnson's decision.

Second, Lebron is different than almost any other player, because of his talent level and his situation.  Cleveland becomes a rebuilding project the minute Lebron leaves.  The heat on the other hand, have been bringing in young talent and will try to go after a big name free agent even if Wade leaves.  They want Wade back and it will have an impact, but they are not in the same position as Cleveland.  Toronto is always in rebuilding mode, and Atlanta will continue to try to improve whether Johnson is back or not.  Atlanta has a number of good players and even if Johnson leaves, they will not switch to rebuilding mode.

Third, Cleveland cannot hire a coach until Lebron makes up his mind.  If Lebron comes back, every coach in the country wants that job.  If Lebron leaves, it becomes a rebuilding project.  There are coaches - even good ones - who will take that on, but the elite coaches will not.  That is the biggest problem with Lebron's silence. 




Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:10 am
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

Now you folks in Cleveland enjoy LeBron Favre

I severely dislike Basketball



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 2:19 am
 

Cavs stuck in LeBron limbo

For cryin' out loud... SOMEBODY knows whether LeBron ACTUALLY gave input to the firing of Mike Brown and the "departure" of Danny Ferry. Just answer THAT question and you'll KNOW the BIG ANSWER. IF he put his 2 cents into deciding whom would be in the front office next season, ( and YES, certainly he was asked for his opinion ) he's planning on staying with the Cavs. He just doesn't come off as the kind of ******* who would let men be fired because of his own lack of interest. IF he really did NOT disclose his opinion about those jobs changing hands... HE'S ALREADY PACKED HIS BAGS FOLKS. Ssooo SOMEBODY... ANYBODY... QUIT offering opinion and do some investigative reporting. FIND a source to answer THAT QUESTION and the title of "Swami Superior" is all yours.



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