It should be noted that the Warriors gave general manager Bob Myers an extension and promotion after losing to the Cavs in the 2016 Finals. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded for Butler and signed Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford in free agency. The Cavs were in the running for the three-time Sixth Man of the Year.That should’ve been the time the Cavs rewarded Griffin for winning a championship – a contrast in how the franchises are run. But the Cavs offered just the minimum salary (.3 million a season) when they had the taxpayer midlevel (.19 million per season) available.
They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the negotiations.Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports.The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.James can become a free agent following the 2017-18 season, and it doesn’t take a wild imagination to see him elsewhere – especially if he feels there’s a better opportunity for him to win a championship with another team.The Lakers are mentioned as a possibility with James recruiting another star to join a young and talented core for the 2018-19 season.