The Cleveland Cavs have made alternative accommodation arrangements for its players that do not want to stay at the team hotel, the Trump SoHo, when the team plays the New York Knicks this season, the team general manager David Griffin told Cleveland.com. Griffin said it’s not totally clear how many of the team’s 14-man traveling squad will boycott the Trump hotel, which was booked before the election, but the team expects LeBron James and “upwards of half the team” to stay elsewhere.
James endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and some of his Cavs teammates, most vocally Iman Shumpert, have said they would consider not going to the White House for the traditional champions celebration, if they won another title during a Trump presidency. Three other teams—the Dallas Mavericks, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Memphis Grizzlies—have indicated they will avoid using Trump-branded properties on the road.*
The first of two meetings between the Cavs and the Knicks in New York City is Wednesday.
*Correction, Dec. 7, 2016: This post originally misspelled Milwaukee.