The Cleveland Cavaliers began Tuesday with two new players on their roster in the shape of JR Smith and Iman Shumpert.
Both players were acquired from the New York Knicks in a multi-faceted three-way trade which saw the Cavs send Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal no doubt involved intense front office negotiations but, it now appears, the Cavaliers also took the unusual step of consulting star man LeBron James before OK'ing the proposal.
Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst revealed that the Cavs had spoken to James about the four-time NBA MVP's "willingness to play alongside Smith" in the run up to confirming the deal.
LeBron's role in the Cavaliers set up has long been speculated upon, in both serious and not so serious circles, but to learn that they felt the need to check with James prior to making a roster move should set of warning signs for the franchise.
Granted LeBron James is not your average NBA star. His stature in the game, not to mention in Cleveland right now, means the team are bending over backwards to ensure he is kept happy. But players, no matter their position or achievements, should never be brought in on front office decisions. It is a recipe for disaster.
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Only themselves to blame
Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers their inconsistent start to LeBron's homecoming season has left them with little alternative but to employ the tactics seen over the past 24 hours.
With the former Miami Heat star free to enter 2015 free agency should he see fit, and reports suggesting he is prepared to do so if things do not change at the Cavs, those in charge in Ohio know they have to keep their main man on side in fear of losing him for the second time.
As such they are effectively walking on egg shells to protect their relationship with LeBron, and this evidently extends to having him look over potentially awkward arrivals.
The more they pander to LeBron James however, the more they undermine David Blatt - a rookie head coach also under intense pressure to find the winning formula fast.