General Manager Koby Altman has until the 3 p.m. February 8 National Basketball Association deadline to make a trade or multiple trades to make the Cavaliers better. Recent comments from Paul George made it sound like he was going to re-sign with the Thunder this summer, and the Lakers have taken this to mean they are out of the running to land him this summer.
Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.
For Celtics fans, it is natural to worry about these moves. The Cavs haven't figured it out because collectively they don't play well defensively as a unit. The Denver Nuggets brought in Devin Harris and sent out Emmanuel Mudiay in a three-team trade with NY that landed Doug McDermott in Dallas.
Ex-Celtics star Isaiah Thomas traded from Cavaliers to Lakers, report says
The deal comes amid growing tension on the Cavs and sends Thomas out of Cleveland just weeks into what was an ugly tenure. Whether the restructuring is enough to persuade James to remain in Cleveland however is an open question.
Well, this is something you definitely shouldn't do to your franchise star when trading away the second best player on the team. In what could be James' final run with the Cavs, the team might need to make a trade just to get out of the East.
Knowing if their good enough will go beyond just their talent. "It's probably obviously something that they felt was needed". This is the only way Cleveland can seem to win games now: Their offense is on fire and covers up the awful defense, LeBron James plays at an MVP level and makes all the big plays, and he gets just enough help from some role players to get the team over the top. General manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves created to not only help them in the short term but could potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season. James turns around, but he never adjusts to Thomas and never even looks back to Teague, who buries the triple. Both teams came up empty on their next possessions that paved the way for overtime.
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It will be the most hard ask of James' career attempting to get all these new pieces to work together, because it does not seem like they have any interest in bringing in a coach who could try it his way. In some ways, the Cavaliers may be looking to call his bluff.