Lebron may be just a player on the Cavs, but he seems to have more say about the finances of the franchise than the owner.
Dan Gilbert has went above and beyond to keep Lebron happy in Cleveland, as they have assembled the most expensive roster in NBA history. According to LBJ, they are no done though, as money isn't an option when it comes to this team.
Per the NEOMG:
“It’s a sign that he’ll do anything to help us go out there and perform,” James said of Gilbert’s spending. On Thursday, Cleveland inked Thompson to a five-year, $82 million contract. […] With Thompson’s signing, the Cavs’ payroll and likely luxury tax penalty ballooned to a combined $170 million. Over the summer, James agreed to a $47 million deal ($23 million this season), Love signed a $113 million contract over five years, and (Iman) Shumpert signed a four-year, $40 million deal.
With Lebron's short contracts with a player option at the end of each year, it seems as if he holds the power over the team at the moment. If they don't acquire the players he likes he is out of the door. With all of the heavy spending and contact flexibility LBJ has, you have to wonder: who is in control of the Cavs?