Everyone saw it.
The Cavs just looked like a couple in a bad relationship, you knew the end was coming, it was just a matter of how it was going to go down.
The Cavs GM knew he had to do something, because they were losing LeBron per ESPN.
In the 24 hours before Koby Altman pushed to complete the three deals that resurrected a season and reshaped a franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers general manager sought a most elusive engagement: a sit-down with LeBron James.
Before he shared the framework of possible trades for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, George Hill and DeAndre Jordan last Wednesday, Altman prefaced his visit with the unmistakable truth that nothing the front office could do mattered much until James had re-engaged on the court. James had been angry, brooding and playing with an indifference that Altman hadn’t witnessed in their three-plus years together in Cleveland.
Most of all, Altman wanted the best player on the planet to know that he understood his frustrations with the Cavaliers’ mismatched assemblage of talent and crumbling culture. Altman assured James that management was determined to uproot the roster and fight to restore order.
Essentially, once it became obvious LeBron wasn’t happy the team sprung into action.