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Maybe last night’s buzzer-beater, courtesy of LeBron James, is the beginning of a new start. Perhaps the Cleveland Cavaliers are this close to turning it around. But then again, maybe not. After all, there are problems up and down this roster. LeBron James is great, but the Cavaliers can’t hold on to him forever if they don’t have pieces around him.

Which brings us to the point: is this the end? According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, it could very well be.

“For the past seven months, the Cavs have been noticeably pivoting away from James’ recommendations. He was vocal both publicly and privately in wanting Griffin to return as GM. Instead, owner Dan Gilbert replaced him days before the draft with Koby Altman, the inexperienced 35-year-old who is widely regarded as not ready for the mammoth task in front of him.”

That last bit is crucial. After all, why would a team like the Cavaliers trust someone with so little experience? You don’t give this task to just anyone. But there’s more. There are specific requests that would be ignored.

“James recruited Jamal Crawford last summer to come to Cleveland, but instead they ignored him and signed rookie Cedi Osman. James told the Cavs not to trade Irving regardless of how disgruntled he appeared. Irving was under team control for two more years, and James was adamant he had no leverage.”

It appeared to outsiders that nothing would keep Irving in Cleveland. However, LeBron didn’t see it that way.

“‘Bring him to camp,’ James told the Cavs. He was confident he could repair whatever damage Irving felt was done to their relationship. But Irving made clear to Gilbert and the Cavaliers he wanted out of Cleveland because he did not want to play another minute with James, one source told The Athletic. Given how close Irving and James were to the ends of their contracts, the Cavs chose to move Irving while they believed he still had peak value.”

That makes sense, of course. The Cavaliers would need to get something for Irving or risk losing him for very little. But to not consult LeBron even a little? That feels strange. But if reports are true that Dan Gilbert runs things now, it makes a bit more sense.

At the moment, there’s dysfunction all over this roster, not to mention the dysfunction in the front office. A buzzer-beater doesn’t change things just yet. After all, the Cavs would suffer a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic just a couple of nights ago. The Magic are just about the worst team out east. Beating the Timberwolves is a start, but that’s all it is. A team with LeBron isn’t going to lose forever.

However, pretending everything is okay? Let’s not go that far just yet.

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