Miami Heat forward LeBron James is going to attend the jersey retirement ceremony of former Cleveland Cavaliers’ big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Although James wants to attend the ceremony and Ilgauskas invited him, the Cavaliers have helped orchestrate this entire event, even discussing the ceremony with James beforehand, in an attempt to please James so that he could potentially return to Cleveland, a move that he has never ruled out.
The Cavaliers have kept cap space open and genuinely believed they could get James to return.
Despite all of these attempts by the Cavaliers, they probably won’t matter, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
But however large the crack might have truly been, that door has virtually slammed shut now for reasons both within and outside the Cavs’ control.
There were two people within the Cavs organization with whom James maintained good relations over the past four years. They were general manager Chris Grant and Ilgauskas, who joined the team’s front office in 2012 after his retirement.
Grant was fired last month, blamed for the Cavs’ underwhelming season, while some of his recent draft picks were heavy scrutinized. Ilgauskas, meanwhile, has taken on a reduced role.
James is averaging 27.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season.