The Cleveland Cavaliers were embarrassed in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors Friday night. It was a culmination of the most lopsided NBA Finals sweep in the history of the league.
The backdrop here is obviously LeBron James’ future with the team. Following the loss, the three-time champ noted that he “had no idea” what his future might hold as the planet’s best player prepares for free agency next month. For James, it’s going to be as much about his family as anything else.
A lot has been written and talked about regarding James’ future. He’s not guaranteed to return to the Cavaliers. And if Friday night’s scene inside Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland was any indication, James might very well have played his final game with the Cavaliers.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James has not even talked to the Cavaliers’ brass about his future with the team.
“Sources close to James told ESPN that no conversations with Cleveland’s brass about the four-time MVP’s future with the franchise had occurred as of Friday night,” the scribe reported.
This shouldn’t be considered too much of a surprise. It was noted during the season that James had no relationship with the Cavaliers’ front office. He was also upset about the deals this organization made during February’s trade deadline, deals that didn’t give Cleveland much hope against the juggernaut Warriors.
This seems to be a clear indication that James plans to opt out of his contract and join another team once the calendar strikes July. It’s certainly going to be the NBA’s biggest offseason storyline.