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James anticipated his staff to reload in anticipation of closing the hole with Golden State. As an alternative, Cleveland added non-impression veterans comparable to Jose Calderon, Jeff Inexperienced, and Turkish ahead Cedi Osman, whereas dropping entrance-workplace stability with the departure of David Griffin.
All this has James involved concerning the path of the workforce, in response to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Immediately. James can develop into a free agent in 2018 and may depart for a special workforce with a greater shot of contending.
Furthering James’ frustration was the failed pursuit of Jimmy Butler when he was being shopped earlier than the draft, Zillgitt notes. Griffin was stated to be engaged on a Butler deal mere hours earlier than his dismissal, and shortly thereafter, Butler was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cleveland even did not recruit Jamal Crawford after his buyout. James performed an lively position in reaching out to Crawford, Zillgitt reviews, however the Cavaliers would solely supply the veteran’s minimal to Crawford since they have been saving the mid-degree exception for Osman. Crawford additionally ended up on the Timberwolves.
To make issues even worse for James, the Warriors not solely retained all their star gamers, but in addition managed so as to add helpful items. Kevin Durant took a reduction to maintain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, and there was nonetheless cash leftover for Nick Younger and Omri Casspi.