The celebration for the Cavaliers as the defending champions has officially come to an end because of their constant struggles throughout this season. Those struggles have recently come to the attention of none other than LeBron James. James seemed frustrated with his team’s roster in his statement after a tough loss to the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans on Monday night:

“We need a f—— playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that…..I don’t know what we go to offer”, said James. “I just know me, personally? I don’t go not time to waste.”

James later went on to say that his team’s roster has no depth. Afterwards, James took to Twitter to explain how he is not upset with the Cavaliers’ front office.

This is the second time this season that LeBron James has expressed his concern about his team. After the team acquired Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks, James expressed his concern for his team’s lack of a point guard.

James is partially right—–the Cavaliers do need another role player on their roster. Compared to other top-tier teams like the Warriors, Spurs, and Rockets, the Cavaliers have not improved in terms of adding key pieces to their roster. And James has a right to be frustrated with that. LeBron James has not had the luxury of being on great teams like other superstars, which is why he decided to join the Heat back in 2010. He has not had the help that he deserves. This season is no different. James is playing 37.5 minutes per game, which is the most in the NBA. As powerful as James is, he is playing in his 14th season and his body will eventually pay the consequences for playing so many minutes.

However, the Cavaliers simply do not have enough cap space to acquire the “playmaker” that James wants. The organization is over the luxury tax in payroll spending which means that they can only veterans.

James should equally focus his attention on improving with the players that are on his team as much as he is focused on adding another player. In their recent losses, especially in the Pelicans game, the miscommunication among players was painfully evident as the team continued to make bad plays. Is a playmaker really the main thing a team needs when losing against a sub-par team without their star player? Yes, the Cavaliers are missing pieces. But improving on the talent that they already have seems more practical than acquiring a “playmaker”

The trade deadline is February 23, so David Griffin and Cavaliers organization do not have much time to reach a solution to their problem. They should come to some conclusion if they want to repeat as champions, as James said. Although James leaving the Cavaliers is unlikely, he is no stranger to leaving a team when he is not satisfied.