According to the veteran reporter, James’ relationship with Cavaliers ownership is now “beyond repair.”
James has reportedly been at odds with the Cavaliers since the off-season began, taking a not-so-subtle shot at owner Dan Gilbert in the wake of the surprising firing of general manager David Griffin.
If no one appreciated you Griff I did, and hopefully all the people of Cleveland! Thanks for what u did for the team for 3 yrs! We got us 1
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 20, 2017
Gilbert’s political affiliation may also be rubbing the four-time MVP the wrong way becuase Gilbert’s Quicken Loans company donated $750,000 for the Donald Trump presidential inauguration and because Trump was quoted calling Gilbert a “good friend.”
James has publicly criticized Trump so he and Gilbert may have clashed over each other’s political views.
Additionally, beyond any supposed James-Gilbert feud, the Kyrie Irving trade demand also brought to light rumours that James could be looking to make a move to the Los Angeles Lakers and, if Sheridan’s report is to be believed, he could be positioning himself right now to do just that.
Sheridan’s words don’t come without weight, either, as he was actually the man to break James leaving the Miami Heat to return to Cleveland to begin with.
The 32-year-old James can become a free agent after this season as he has a player option for 2018-19 that most expect he will opt out of.