The Cleveland Cavaliers are a mess on the court and apparently that may be why the team's owner Daniel Gilbert wants to sell the team. At least, that's what ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says Gilbert wants to do.

On ESPN's First Take, Smith said that Gilbert wants to sell the team and that's the main reason he was pushing LeBron James to commit long-term to the Cavs. If James is part of the future of the Cavs, the team is worth more and Gilbert can make a sizable profit by selling the franchise.

“I’ll tell you the No. 1 reason why LeBron ain’t gonna capitulate to anything that Dan Gilbert wants to do. Because what Dan Gilbert wants to do—from what I’m being told—is sell the team,” Smith said, as transcribed by SLAM. They’re more viable as a commodity if LeBron James is on your squad, as opposed to if LeBron James leaves.

“That’s one of the reasons why Dan Gilbert wanted him to commit to three-to-five years. Because within that time span, you sell the team, you get money out the wazoo.”

Smith's reporting has not been a hundred percent accurate over the last several years and this is the first report of Gilbert wanting to sell the Cavs. But with James rumored to be possibly leaving the Cavs and the future of Cleveland not looking that bright without him, perhaps Gilbert would be willing to sell the team now, instead of dealing with more rough years down the road.