Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took to Twitter on Thursday morning to promise that he will not be moving the franchise out of the city of Cleveland.
“Let’s put any silly rumors to rest: I will never move the Cleveland Cavaliers out of Cleveland. Period. And that’s unconditional,” tweeted Gilbert.
Speculation rose about Gilbert potentially taking the Cavaliers elsewhere after he killed a $140 million deal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena this week. The elimination of the deal came just eight months after Cleveland announced its plan to transform the 22-year-old building to create more space for dining, bars and public gathering.
This is just the latest bit of news to come out of the Cavaliers organization this offseason, and almost none if it is good.
First, rumors began swirling about LeBron James possibly leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles during the NBA Finals. James can opt out of his contract after next season, and with the Golden State Warriors not going anywhere and the Cavaliers not having much room for improvement, there has been talk that James could depart from Cleveland once again. On the other hand, Cleveland fired general manager David Griffin after three straight NBA Finals appearances and one championship. Then, All-Star guard Kyrie Irving demanded a trade, and the Cavaliers obliged by sending him to the Boston Celtics.
Now, there is this relocation talk that Gilbert has had to squash. This is certainly a whole lot of turmoil for a team that has dominated the Eastern Conference for the last three years and dethroned a 73-win Warriors ball club two years ago.