Does GM Danny Ferry's Resignation Point To LeBron James Leaving Cleveland?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 4, 2010

CLEVELAND - JUNE 02:  General Manager Danny Ferry of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after the Cavs won 98-82 to win the Detroit Pistons in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on June 2, 2007 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, 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.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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While working out at the gym today, I happened to catch a glimpse of ESPN's bottom line. Scrolling across in bright red capital letters, a gut wrenching statement read, "BREAKING NEWS: Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry has resigned."

A million thoughts immediately raced through my head, faster than the leaking of oil in the ocean.

Why would Ferry choose to end his five year GM tenure with the Cavaliers when the team was heading in the direction of re-signing LeBron James, bringing in some new talent to surround the MVP, and aiming straight towards the organization's first championship title?

As an NBA fan who believed from the get-go that James will re-sign with Cleveland, I perceived this move as a curve-ball.

Although Ferry had entered the final month of his contract, why would the team want to let go of arguably the most valuable piece to this organization, other than King James?

When it was evident that James needed a better supporting cast, Ferry took care of the job.

In 2008, Ferry acquired point-guard Mo Williams, a move that helped guide the Cavaliers to their first ever 66-win season.

After falling short in the postseason, Ferry improved the Cavs roster, trading for future hall-of-famer Shaquille O'Neal and signing free-agents Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, and Leon Powe .

During this past season, just before the trade deadline, Ferry traded for two-time NBA All-Star forward Antawn Jamison. The shrewd move brought the Cavaliers another successful year. Cleveland held the league's best record for the second straight season.

So why have owner Dan Gilbert and Ferry "mutually" decided to go their separate ways? 

Something fishy must be happening, to which fans are oblivious, behind close doors. 

Has LeBron James hinted to the Cavaliers organization that he will not re-sign with them, and all hell is slowly beginning to break loose in Cleveland?

Ferry did a phenomenal job, as the team's general manager, and for them to simply part ways with the guy definitely raises concern as to whether or not LeBron James will be back in a Cavaliers uniform next season. 

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