While many fans joked that every team decision went through him for approval, LeBron James was apparently kept in the dark about the impending departure of Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.
James is "disappointed" at the news and is "concerned" about what this means for the future of the Cavaliers, a source told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. James tweeted a thank you to Griffin while seemingly taking a shot at Cavs ownership:
Team owner Dan Gilbert confirmed the Cavaliers aren't offering an extension to Griffin's contract, which expires June 30.
James publicly offered his endorsement of Griffin in April.
"It makes no sense why he shouldn't get an extension," James said of Griffin, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "He's pulled every move—he's tried to make every move happen—to better this team to be able to compete for a championship. So we wouldn't be in this position, obviously, without him and without the guys that are here—from the coaching staff to the players to Griff. He's been a big piece of it."
Griffin's departure comes at a time when it appears LeBron could actually leave Cleveland for a second time, and Turner Sports analyst David Aldridge tweeted that is one of a few pressing issues for the team:
James only has one more guaranteed year left on his current deal. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t Pro Basketball Talk's Dan Feldman) reported the four-time MVP would strongly consider signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.
Wojnarowski posited that helping the Cavaliers win a title in 2016 gives James a little more freedom to explore opportunities outside Cleveland if he feels that's what's best for his career.
Taking that into consideration, letting Griffin go is a major risk for the Cavs, and keeping James out of the loop may jeopardize the team's chances of re-signing him a year from now.