Guards Mo Williams and Delonte West might be the next set of guys to get booted from the city of Cleveland, as owner Dan Gilbert and new General Manager Chris Grant are on their knees doing anything possible to keep LeBron James happy in Cleveland.
Over the past few weeks, head coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry (resigned) have lost their jobs based on the notion that James was not pleased with either. The next targets seem to be Williams, who has underachieved in the playoffs, and West, who among his legal troubles has also been linked to James' mother (validity of these rumors are in serious question).
The Cavs organization is spinning this as an attempt to gauge the trade value, nothing more, nothing less. However, it is clear to those familiar with the organization and with Gilbert that Cleveland is ridding the team of anything that James may not approve of.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports wrote an excellent piece yesterday on how the Cavaliers and the NBA are standing on hand and foot for LeBron. He wrote of the influence of "Worldwide" Wes, and the notion that James is leaning towards Chicago more-so than Cleveland. He also pointed out that newly hired head coach Tom Thibodeau, the newest addition to Wesley's CAA, was pursued by the Bulls extremely quickly following his involvement Wesley.
Something pushed Bulls officials to get on a plane, fly to Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals and meet with the Boston Celtics assistant coach. Within 48 hours, the Bulls had a deal for Thibodeau to become their head coach. For several weeks, the Bulls had chances to interview him. They never did. Just a year ago, Thibodeau couldn’t get offers from the Sacramento Kings , Detroit Pistons , Philadelphia Sixers and Minnesota Timberwolves . The Celtics see him as a career assistant and wouldn’t even consider him as a candidate to replace Doc Rivers.
Some league executives don’t even believe Bulls general manager Gar Forman was sold on Thibodeau, but it doesn’t matter. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf was. Everything is happening on the ownership level now, and that’s the reason Gilbert wants to become Jerry Jones and Danny Ferry wanted out of a Cleveland future whether it included LeBron James or not. The hiring of Thibodeau doesn’t assure the Bulls of James, but consider it something of a down payment.
So while the Cavaliers seem to be stooping to whatever levels it takes to bring back LeBron James, the wheels are in motion via Wesley's influence to take the "King" to Chicago. A front office executive pointed out that, "...all the big free-agent deals will be done by July 1, if not the draft."
That has William Wesley written all over it.
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