Sports book gambling speculation is already at a fever pitch regarding the on line sports gambling future of the franchise as the coach is under review and LeBron James will be a free agent.
Cleveland again entered the basketball betting post season as the overwhelming favorite to win the Eastern Conference as they were last year when they were stunned by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic.
This year the Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games after taking a 2-1 series lead as they were dominated in the final three games of the series which sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world.
There was considerable sports book gambling speculation that head coach Mike Brown would be fired for the debacle and news reports even indicated that was the case but the club denied that Brown was fired and instead simply said that he was “under review.”
Team owner Dan Gilbert said that “we are right now just going through the evaluation process.”
“I don’t think it’s a secret coaching is one of the things we’ll look at,” said Gilbert.
Brown was the NBA coach of the year for the 2008-09 betting on basketball season but the playoff loss to Orlando left a sour taste in the mouths of many and it was believed that Brown would have needed to get the Cavaliers into the NBA Finals this year to keep his job for the 2010-11 season.
Gilbert was still stunned by Cleveland’s sports book gambling failure against the Celtics in this year’s playoffs.
“It’s one of those things that you can’t believe it after it’s happened,” said the owner. “I feel bad for the fans more than anybody.” James is a two time NBA most valuable player award winner that can opt out of his contract this summer, which would make him eligible to sign with any team for the 2010-11 NBA betting season.
Speculation has it that James would likely depart for the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks, where the NBA would love to see him jumpstart the franchise.
Gilbert maintains Cleveland is the best place for James.