Cavs GM Griffin says LeBron 'very engaged' with team's roster plans
Griffin told ESPN that James, who has until June 29 to make a decision on his $21.6 million player option, has yet to inform the team of his personal decision "relative to free agency," but says James and the Cavs franchise have been communicating often since falling to the Golden State Warriors in the finals.
James has also reportedly been frequently discussing the team's personnel situation with Griffin and the front office. The Cavaliers have plenty of major roster decisions to make this offseason, with Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova all restricted free agents and both Kevin Love and J.R. Smith having reportedly opted out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents.
"We've heard from [James] every day, pretty much, relative to our roster," Griffin told ESPN. "He's very engaged with us."
Griffin also discussed Kevin Love, saying he was "not really" concerned about the power forward visiting with other teams. Love's rumored list of suitors includes the Lakers, Trail Blazers, Celtics, Rockets and Suns. The Cavaliers intend to re-sign the three-time All-Star, who missed the majority of their playoff run with a shoulder injury.
"Again, I think [Kevin]'s been very clear with what his intentions have been all along," Griffin said, per ESPN. "Certainly, anytime he's stood in front of anybody, he's said that. I'm not concerned about it, yet at the same time, we're very much intending to pursue him the instant that we're able to."
- Jeremy Woo