Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who bought the team in 2006, was a big part of bringing the first-ever NBA Championship to The Land. Gilbert, who made one of the biggest mistakes with the letter to Cavs fans following LeBron James’ departure, came together with James to apologize, and dug deep into his pockets to pay and keep a championship roster in Northeast Ohio.
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Ryan Rosko of Factory of Sadness pointed out that Gilbert is already very active in the area.
Not only is Gilbert investing in the area, but his Quicken Loans company is already based there. In addition, due to Detroit’s possibility of being on the market very soon, it would make sense if Gilbert had interest in possibly owning his hometown Pistons.
Although this move is a possibility, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon. There’s a $140 million plan to renovate and improve Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. Once that’s complete, Cleveland will host an NBA All-Star Weekend, something Cleveland and the Cavaliers have long wanted to do.
Aside from that, a city that not many players have wanted to play for now has the committed as well as promising core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson for years to come. Leaving a core like that as well as chances to win championships every single year will be very hard to do.
If anyone would know what it’s like to want to be successful back home, it’s LeBron James. No one would fault Gilbert for wanting to try and bring the success he’s had in Cleveland to his hometown Detroit Pistons. That entire scenario, however, seems like it’s in the distant future.