Former NBA star Baron Davis revealed, via a tweet, that Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, messaged him that he would not let the guard leave the Cavs if he would join LeBron James.
The two-time NBA All-Star was traded to Cleveland in February 2011 from the Clippers. It was the following year after LeBron left the Cavs to join the Miami Heat, which disappointed Gilbert. In the end, Davis was waived in December, 2011 and signed with the New York Knicks.
The reason behind Gilbert’s reluctance to let Davis join James was that he though that if they joined forces, LeBron would win a championship. Even without Davis, James won a title that same season, followed by another in 2013.
“I remember Dan Gilbert sent a message to me he wouldn’t let me out my deal if I went to play with LEBRON!!! Facts. He knew that where I was going so they played hardball… he said if I went to play with LEBRON he would win a title. I told him LEBRON gonna win one anyway,” Davis tweeted.