Bickering Cavs blown apart in National Basketball Association

Bickering Cavs blown apart in National Basketball Association

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe put themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance.

Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose were also sent to Utah as the Cavs dramatically reshaped their roster in a bid to kick-start a season which has seen them fall away at the top of the Eastern Conference. Assuming Shumpert picks up his option, the Cavs have taken on an extra $19 million in 2018-19 salaries ($37.24 million, compared to $18.31 million), plus another $10 million for 2019-20 ($17.81 million, compared to Crowder's $7.82 million).

Korver played four-plus seasons with the Hawks and made 818 of his career 3-pointers with the team. But the Cavs have done nothing but fade out of championship conversations, all while dealing with the very real possibility that a disgruntled James will bolt for better pastures this summer in free agency. It's how it's suppose to be. "In these markets where cost-certainty for a young player is something you can have, it's a big thing".

Though he was reunited in Cleveland with James, Wade was coming off the bench and his role might have been further diminished by the new additions.

"He gets to go back home and that's how it should be", James said. But Thomas, who missed the first 36 games of the season while recovering from a hip injury, never clicked with James and was routinely blamed for the team's defensive issues even though he only played in 15 games with Cleveland.

Cavaliers made it easier for Lakers to steal LeBron James, and they don't care

On a team with an aging roster and little athleticism, adding a trio of 25-year-olds (Clarkson, Nance and Hood) will feel like a breath of fresh air. How many games do we have left?

"This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future", Altman said. "I am happy to be here with the Lakers, happy to be with a young team that is exciting, that likes to get up and down".

PF: LeBron James: Until Love comes back from his broken hand, LBJ slides over to the four, and will likely rotate and switch between both forward spots. 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. The Mavs got forward Doug McDermott from NY. The Cavs are on pace spend a combined $500 million on salaries and luxury taxes the last three seasons.

While plenty of media members have weighed in about Thursday's events, HoopsHype wanted to know what players around the National Basketball Association thought of the trades that went down, the deals that didn't come to fruition, the talented players who are poised to be bought out and much more.

James shined in all three games against the Hawks, the last of which was December 12, averaging 25 points, 14 assists and six rebounds.


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