Are The Cavaliers Going To Get LeBron James The Help He’s Asking For?
Don’t look now, but the Cavaliers appear to be doing that thing that they always do when it hits this time of year. We don’t know if they’re bored, tired, or some combination of the two. But after starting off the season on a tear and looking like they were going to sprint to the NBA Finals without a problem, they have lost five of their last seven games. And in their most recent loss against the Pelicans, they managed to take an L even though New Orleans’ best player Anthony Davis didn’t take the court because of an injury. Kyrie Irving scored 49 points and LeBron James recorded a triple-double, but it wasn’t enough to get the job done.
No one is more frustrated about all of this than LeBron. After the Cavaliers’ loss to the Pelicans, he spoke with reporters, and while his voice sounded cool, calm, and collected, you could easily read between the lines to see just how upset he is at the moment. And it sounded like he wants to see the Cavaliers make another move in addition to trading for Kyle Korver recently. He told reporters he wants to see Cavs general manager David Griffin add a “f*cking playmaker” to beef up the thin Cavs bench that doesn’t consist of much experience.
Will the Cavs’ front office listen to him? The truth is that the team doesn’t really have many options at this point with regards to adding a playmaker. They do have space on their roster to add a veteran, similar to how they added Dahntay Jones at the 11th hour last season. But it appears as though the Cavs should have acted on this much earlier in the season—or even before the season—to get a guy they really wanted as opposed to the guys who are sitting on the sidelines right now just waiting for a call.
Fortunately, the Cavs are still sitting pretty at 30-13 and don’t have to panic too much just yet. They are first overall in the playoff race, and unless they suffer a complete meltdown at some point or sustain more injuries, they should still cruise into the playoffs with ease. But LeBron isn’t so sure they’re going to be able to cruise through the playoffs again once they get there, and he seems concerned about the way this team is built. So don’t be surprised if Griffin gives him his wish and finds a way to work some magic and give LeBron the “f*cking playmaker” he so desperately desires.