LeBron James' MVP worthy performance during the 2015 NBA Finals highlighted made two things very clear.
One, James remains the best player in the league regardless of recent accolades or lack thereof. Two, the Cleveland Cavaliers, admittedly battling through injury, are a few players short of a title-winning team.
Now, with the dust having settled, it looks like LeBron James is fully aware of both those points and he is reportedly about to set in motion a plan that will make Cleveland acknowledge them too.
Chris Haynes of The Northeast Ohio Media Group is reporting that LeBron James is going to decline the player-option on his contract when the deadline arrives this coming Monday.
The move will technically send LeBron James back to free agency for the second straight summer and, whilst there is only a slim chance he walks away from the franchise again, LeBron is clearly looking to make a point to the Cavs front office.
Indeed, the same publication notes that James wants to "observe how management goes about retaining and accumulating assets to keep the organization in win-now mode and improve the roster."
The leanness of the Cavaliers roster was plain for all to see as injuries to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love effectively left the Eastern Conference champions playing a one-man offense through James.
Now, with Love joining the likes of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson in becoming free agents come July 1st, LeBron is looking to put pressure on David Griffin and co to get the job done and secure both the core of the 2014-15 roster and entice a higher calibre of talent ahead of next season.
LeBron's way or the highway
James may have wowed the NBA with his performances in the Finals series but no team can legitimately believe a title can be won in such a lopsided fashion. So, whilst LeBron's upcoming decision doesn't mean he will quit the team, it does mean he will be far from impressed should free agency end and the roster is not fully replenished.
Another point that could potentially sway LeBron James' thinking you feel is the future of head coach David Blatt.
With the player having been called out for undermining his head coach throughout their first season together there is a school of thought that LeBron wants the Cavaliers to replace Blatt moving forward.
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