Dan Gilbert Rumors
Last summer, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared, unsolicited, that Indiana “could’ve done better than it did” in the trade that sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a package that included Victor Oladipo. The remark was likely motivated by the fact that the Cavs believed they had a George-for-Kevin Love swap in place before the Pacers pulled off their surprise trade with the Thunder.
Gilbert’s remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was “aware of it.” “You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say,” Oladipo said after Game 1. “But that was so long ago. It came up recently, obviously, because we were playing the Cavs in the series, but I’m aware of what he said. Can’t control his opinion. All I’m focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indy largely agreed on Cavs-Nugs 3-way (GHarris/Lyles/Cavs FRP). Gilbert/George planned to get on call before Indy took OKC deal. Gilbert comments seemed to be on Indy bailing on deal, not Oladipo. Ironically, Gilbert wanted VO in 2013, but deferred to front office on A. Bennett.
Ben Golliver: Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said Pacers “could have done better” in Paul George trade. Victor Oladipo, after 32P/ 6R/4A in Game 1 win, on Gilbert’s words: “You could say he added fuel to the fire.” pic.twitter.com/6v5J36hLuE
Lue said team owner Dan Gilbert also had that conversation with him. So, it was unequivocal, Lue’s coaching tenure with the Cavs was going to be on pause until he addressed the issues he said he’d been dealing with for more than a year. “It was just kind of, it was tough because of course you guys see it first,” Lue said. “I don’t come back to the bench and then you’re tweeting and doing all that stuff and it becomes kind of national. And after that kind of happened, the Chicago game, I just thought that when Koby and Dan and those guys talked to me, it was the best thing for me. Having LeBron’s validation, just being like, ‘I got it. Take some time off, get yourself ready for the playoffs. I’ll take care of the team. I’ll make sure everything is good,'” Lue continued. “And he’s playing at a high level, so he’s a man of his word.”
Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert tweeted out more good news about his son Wednesday night. Nick Gilbert, 21, who made it through surgery in February to treat a brain tumor, has returned home following 38 days in the hospital.