Things have been nothing but ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers since they lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving had enough of living in LeBron James' shadow, so he requested a trade and was dealt to the Boston Celtics. They happen to be the top team in the Eastern Conference right now.
As for the Cavaliers? Newcomer Isaiah Thomas reportedly called out Kevin Love during a team meeting last week. Now, Love is reportedly out six-to-eight weeks with a broken hand:
Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2018
The Cavaliers lost 125-114 to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, dropping their record to 29-20. LeBron is free to leave after this season, and it's well-known that he'll likely find a new home if the Cavaliers can't get out of this mess.
LeBron hasn't been shy in voicing his frustrations for how the season has gone so far. The King talked to reporters about Pistons' newcomer, Blake Griffin. He talked about a similarity between the two men:
"When a player gets traded, [the front office] was doing what was best for the franchise. But when a player decides to leave, he's not loyal, he's a snake, he's not committed. That's the narrative of how it goes. I know that firsthand."
James became the NBA's ultimate super villain when he left the Cavaliers in 2010 - joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a new 'super team' with the Miami Heat. They'd reach the NBA Finals in each of their four years together, winning the NBA Championship in 2012 and 2013.
Of course, LeBron shredded much of the 'villain' label when he rejoined the Cavaliers - and led them to their first NBA Championship in 2016. But if he opts to leave his hometown team again this summer, you can bet the harsh nicknames will start coming around.
But you can't fault James if he chooses to find a new home this offseason. He's done more than enough for the Cavaliers, and delivered on his promise to bring them a title. At 33 years of age, he only has so many prime years and championship opportunities left.