An anonymous agent may think that Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is the face of all things evil within the current NBA impasse, but the super group of ESPN reporters who put together this latest gem shout, “Au Contraire” in the face of the man who would steer his players clear of this very Rustbelt town.
Per Chris Broussard, Brian Windhorst, Ric Bucher and/or Marc Stein, the firey owner of the Wine and Gold has softened his position and is no longer grouped with with the uber hardliners that have reportedly been pushing for the league’s ownership team to pocket 53 percent of Basketball Related Revenue.
“He’s long been one of the certified “hawks” — the aggressive and hungry faction that was known to be seeking radical change,” writes one of the aforementioned, assuming there was no Bristol-based keyboard sharing. “However, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.com that Gilbert has adjusted his position in recent days and moved into a more moderate mode, voting with fellow owners who are willing to accept a 50/50 share of BRI.”
In a world of “that’ll show ’em” type maneuvers as the one linked above, this report may have cleared Gilbert’s name from the list of those who continue to put a crimp in the players’ plans -specifically, Washington’s Ted Leonsis and Denver’s E. Stanley Kroenke. For those curious, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver- Gilbert’s theoretical partner in crime through this entire process – has also moved over to the side of those who are down with the 50-50 split.