The deal that shipped Griffin east on Monday evidently occurred while James was napping. But the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar on Tuesday weighed in on the arguably stunning developments while alluding to the fact Griffin had just signed a five-year, $171 million last summer.
“He spent his last nine years there,” James said, via Cleveland.com. “He signed a multi-year deal there this summer, so that’s unfortunate. But that’s the business side of it. It’s both sides. It works both sides, though. It’s the business.”
Interestingly, the Cavs will play in Detroit on Tuesday night, although Griffin is not expected to play.
James went on to address the perceived double standard that occurs involving teams and players when it comes to the notion of loyalty.
“When a player gets traded, it’s they was doing what’s best for the franchise,” he said. “But when a player decides to leave, it’s, ‘He’s not loyal. He’s a snake. He’s not committed.’ It’s just, that’s the narrative of how it goes. So I’m definitely (aware). I know that firsthand.” Read More Here