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The Cavs have lost six of their last eight games and LeBron James is not happy. By repeatedly going public about how badly the Cavs need a playmaker, James has reportedly made team owner Dan Gilbert upset. The Cavs gave away $107 million in salaries last year and $54 million more in luxury tax last season, which is pretty crazy.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, James and Gilbert’s relationship is said to be “straining” as they head into the halfway mark of the season. James is not content with three NBA titles and is on a quest to greatness which requires him to win as many championships as possibly, so you can understand his impatience and frustration.
James, however, has grown frustrated. He perceives that the Cavaliers have slowed new spending after winning their first championship, sources said.
On Monday night, after a loss in New Orleans, James might have been referring to the team’s recent money decisions when he said, “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization.”
James followed that up with a series of tweets: “I not mad or upset at management ’cause [general manager David Griffin] and staff have done a great job, I just feel we still need to improve in order to repeat … if that’s what we wanna do.”
The comments angered Gilbert, sources said, because James appeared to imply it was an organizational choice whether to improve or not. This was seen by some as a reference to further spending.
“The comment about the organization being complacent I think is really misguided,” Griffin said Wednesday. “Organizationally, there is absolutely no lack of clarity on what our goal set is. We are here to win championships. … Anyone insinuating that this organization is about anything other than that would deeply upset me because ownership has invested in this at an absolutely historic level.”