Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue masterminded the greatest comeback in NBA history as his team came back from 3-1 down to overcome the Golden State Warriors on the grandest stage of them all.
However, in the pursuit of reclaiming their crown, the beaten finalists went all out in free agency and won the battle in the biggest saga since LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010.
The Warriors pulled out all the stops to convince Kevin Durant that the Oracle Arena was the place to call home. His addition has created the first legitimate 'big four' in league history and has left many cursing either the player or the franchise.
Many current and former stars have criticised Durant for joining the team that sent his Oklahoma City Thunder side packing in the Conference Finals just two months ago, but Lue does not understand the reaction to the small forward's move, saying he supports the decision.
As per the Akron Beacon Journal, the former Lakers player said: “People get mad about what he did, but to me, I’ve been a player and I’ve been a coach. When you’re free, that means you’re free. You can do what you want to do. He opted to go to Golden State. That’s his choice.
"But they don’t say anything or get mad when guys get cut or they trade guys. Nothing is said about that. But as soon as a guy picks a team he wants to go to, it’s a big deal. I don’t understand it. I like KD. I support him in whatever he wants to do.”
The question on many Cavaliers fans' lips is; what now? In their battle with the Warriors - that many are predicting will see a third successive Finals matchup next season - there is little space left to maneuver.
But as the current champions, with a team including LeBron and Kyrie Irving, they always have a chance.