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Lebron James has recently met with owner Dan Gilbert and GM David Griffin about his frustrations with the team’s lack of spending of money to help.

Let me start off before getting in detail with this article to say that I am not a hater of Lebron nor the Cavaliers, I am a NBA fan who for the couple of days have watched this situation completely spiral out of control.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently 30-14 in the Eastern Conference mind you that is very mediocre to watch most nights. Lebron and Cavs have now lost six out of their ten games with a recent lost to the Sacramento Kings in overtime. Now there is multiple things we as NBA fans can point out what happen with the team losing. The Cavaliers have given everything Lebron has asked for to help him win a 2nd championship in Cleveland.

According to the website Spotrac

Here is the payroll for the Cavs

LeBron James SF Early Bird $30,963,450 ($99,857,127) $30,963,450 32.89
Kevin Love PF Bird $21,165,675 ($93,522,750) $21,165,675 22.48
Kyrie Irving PG Bird $17,638,063 ($77,935,626) $17,638,063 18.74
Tristan Thompson C Bird $15,330,435 ($67,739,130) $15,330,435 16.28
J.R. Smith SG Bird $12,800,000 ($45,150,000) $12,800,000 13.60
Iman Shumpert SG Bird $9,662,921 ($31,011,236) $9,662,921 10.26
Channing Frye PF Cap Space $7,806,971 ($15,227,883) $7,806,971 8.29
Kyle Korver SG Bird $5,239,437 ($5,239,437) $5,239,437 5.57
Richard Jefferson SF Mini MLE $2,500,000 ($5,000,000) $2,500,000 2.66
DeAndre Liggins SG Minimum $1,015,696 ($1,015,696) $1,015,696 1.08
Chris Andersen PF Minimum $1,551,659 ($980,431) $980,431 1.04
James Jones SG Minimum $1,551,659 ($980,431) $980,431 1.04
Jordan McRae SG Minimum $874,636 ($874,636) $874,636 0.93
Kay Felder PG Mini MLE $543,471 ($543,471) $543,471 0.58

To make it more simple according to the website Spotrac

Active Contracts: $127,501,617

When you look at the numbers here most eyes should be blowing up but, not in Lebron’s is expecting Dan Gilbert to make moves with that high of a luxury tax and, the comments he made to the media were absolutely uncalled for it is not that easy Cleveland terribly lacks a ball handler to help Lebron and Kyrie Irving, so that brings to the table that no one wants to call out Lebron, the Cavs are the reigning NBA Champions and, for Lebron to hold anything on Dan Gilbert because of the spending of the team, but the notion that he’s got to have all the best talent around him on his team he has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Lebron wants Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, or even Chris Paul shows me you do not want to complete is flat-out pathetic on his part and favorite to win the championship it really upsets me that no one calls this out.  Now in Defense of Lebron is saying, lets use Golden State as an example of this adding Kevin Durant, provides his view of where the Cavs are currently but, they do not have any parts to trade that can help him more. For example, let us Pizza Hut or Papa Johns you can not just order every pizza over the menu, Dan Gilbert and his crew are trying the best of their abilities to make trades, Kyle Korver is the best they can do so far. Granted if they were under  the cap Lebron I 1000% agree with what he is saying but with that Luxury tax it is hard to makes moves like driving in snow.

Lebron does not get right to say that what’s on his mind, that is no of his business of Kevin Durant going to play for the warriors, I am 22 years old, I have never seen a superstar player leave to go join a team that beat you that is extraordinary in saying that Lebron is wrong for trying to point that out. I certainly do not recall Kevin Durant saying anything about Lebron going to Miami to win two championships with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Lebron James is the best basketball player in the world but for him to act some emotion towards to media that looks soft to me and, Lebron knows that.

Here is my advice to Lebron, Coach Lue, and the front office. There is some young guys that are staving for an opportunity to play, there are even some free agents looking for a job, and understand that you are 1st place still. Lebron stop acting like you and your team aren’t going to make the playoffs.

 

Nathan Snell covers the NBA, MLB, WNBA, you to want to talk sports you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @1Nathansnell

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