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These comments are interesting since Mike Brown recently worked for the Cavaliers and likely has a good idea of what their rebuilding plan looks like. If he says that the team will “definitely try to make a run” at LeBron James, there’s a good chance he knows what he’s talking about.
Really, it’s a no-brainer for the Cavs to pursue James. It’s a long shot that he’ll return to Cleveland, but they have to try to bring him back, right?
The team has $36,189,162 in guaranteed commitments for next season, meaning they have the cap room to be major players in free agency this offseason.
With that said, there’s no guarantee that James will exercise his early termination option this summer and hit the free agent market. And if he does, he may not be interested in a Cavaliers reunion.
But as long as the Cavaliers have cap space and James is available, this story will continue to surface.
Donald Sterling has yet to sign off on this deal, according to his representatives, but he has been ruled mentally incapacitated, which is how his wife Shelly was able to become the sole trustee and sell the team to Steve Ballmer.
Shelly had previously said in interviews that she thought her husband was developing dementia, and that may have contributed to the experts’ ruling on his mental state.
Ballmer’s $2 billion beats out bids by music mogul David Geffen ($1.6 billion) and L.A. investors Tony Ressler and Steve Karsh ($1.2 billion).
Because Ballmer has previously been vetted by the NBA, this process could move along quickly. Had he not been vetted in the past, that would’ve added an additional month to the timetable.
It remains to be seen how Donald Sterling will respond to this, especially since he just submitted a 32-page document fighting that NBA’s charges against him.
There has been a ton of drama behind the scenes in Memphis over the last few weeks, but it seems that things are finally starting to calm down.
The organization parted ways with executives Jason Levien and Stu Lash, undergoing a major shakeup in their front office. However, it seems that the chaos is coming to a halt and the franchise is moving on and focusing on the future.
Despite flirtations with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Grizzlies have decided to bring back head coach Dave Joerger now that he is on the same page as owner Robert Pera.
The team is also beginning its search for a new general manager, with Chris Wallace filling in as the interim GM in the meantime.
Joerger and Pera insist that their communication is better than ever and that they’re looking forward to working together, and today Joerger said that team’s foundation is “rock solid” and stable. It seems that Joerger will have more influence moving forward, as the article states that his input will be considered as the team hires a general manager.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in Memphis, but things are finally starting to die down.
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