Minus a post of appreciation for former general manager David Griffin, LeBron James has been noticeably absent from any Cavaliers news this offseason.
That was until a report surfaced on Tuesday from USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt stating that James is frustrated with the Cavs’ efforts — or lack thereof — this summer.
“Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office, declining days before the draft and free agency to bring back general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden,” Zillgitt said.
“Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports.”
It appears Ben Simmons took notice of the report. With King James set to be a free agent after next season, the Sixers' rookie tweeted out a simple emoji directed at his friend that set the internet ablaze.
And the responses are entertaining, to say the least. Here are some of them, which included a few shots at the Sixers.
It's lit af pic.twitter.com/dqRo64DAa3— Ben (@bhiersche21) July 18, 2017
Someone tell this rookie to at least make the playoff pic.twitter.com/2eUL8XkiqK— John (@Garifuna_Kinq) July 18, 2017
MAKE THE PLAYOFFS ! pic.twitter.com/q729x6WyUv— John (@Garifuna_Kinq) July 18, 2017