Dan Gilbert Says He 'Will Never Move the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Cleveland'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, OH - JULY 26:   Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert introduces new general manager Koby Altman during a press conference at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on July 26, 2016 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After the Cleveland Cavaliers nixed a $140 million renovation plan for Quicken Loans Arena earlier this week, some folks apparently feared owner Dan Gilbert may try to relocate the team to a different city.

He put those fears to rest on Thursday, however: 

Dan Gilbert @cavsdan

CLE,Let's put any silly rumors to rest: I will never move the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Cleveland. Period. And that's unconditional.@cavs

Ben Axelrod of WKYC shared the team's announcement to cancel its renovation plans: 

Ben Axelrod @BenAxelrod

Cavs announce the cancellation of Quicken Loans Arena renovations https://t.co/FHL81xDh3r

Per WKYC, "The groups have opposed the plan from the beginning, believing that the money should go into renovating inner-city neighborhoods. Earlier this month, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the City of Cleveland must accept and review more than 20,000 signatures proposing a referendum on Q renovations. More than 13,000 were deemed valid."

It's the latest chapter in a Cavaliers offseason that has been marked by drama and uncertainty. Superstar Kyrie Irving demanded and was eventually granted a trade to the Boston Celtics. LeBron James' future with the team remains uncertain, as he can choose to opt out of his contract and test free agency next summer. Cleveland also parted ways with general manager David Griffin and replaced him with Koby Altman. 

All this for a team that reached the NBA Finals in three straight seasons and won the title in the 2016-17 campaign. 

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