National Basketball Association trade deadline winners and losers: Cavs fans shouldn't pop champagne yet

National Basketball Association trade deadline winners and losers: Cavs fans shouldn't pop champagne yet

National Basketball Association trade deadline winners and losers: Cavs fans shouldn't pop champagne yet

The Cavs had lost their eight previous network broadcast appearances this season, prompting James to say last week following a lopsided loss to Houston that he and his teammates should be dropped from any more telecasts. Thomas was out with a hip injury until early January and played only 15 games before Cleveland had to move on.

Then, an hour later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs pulled off a massive three-team trade with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Rodney Hood and George Hill. The triple-double was James' ninth this season - the most in National Basketball Association history by a 15th-year player. Not to mention, Nance is a legacy player, as father Larry Nance, Sr. has his number 22 retired by the Cavaliers after getting traded from the Phoenix Suns in February 1988 and spending the last 6.5 years of his career in Cleveland.

Thomas is, unfortunately, the biggest loser out of all the trades which the Cavaliers made on deadline day, as he will be playing his contract year at the Lakers and he might not even be given the opportunity to start since Magic Johnson has said Lonzo Ball will start at point guard.

James played 40 minutes and led a short-handed Cavs team to an impressive win where mostly everybody played well.

"The fact that he chose to come off the bench in Cleveland has minimized and also limited his opportunities to do certain things that he has always been capable of doing, so I would imagine he would morph right back into the role of being a scorer, a front-line scorer for us, a crunch-time scorer for us, a defender on the ball in niche situations", Riley said. In the process, they may have given themselves a better shot at keeping the man at the center of it all this summer: LeBron James.

But as he has done so many times, James delivered one of those moments that have defined him. Their weaknesses after the trades: Playoff experience, a lack of rim protection, and a thin frontcourt (especially with Kevin Love's injury), but it's nothing a rejuvenated LeBron with more youthful legs around him can't overcome.

"I thought Cedi was great outside of his free throw shooting", Lue said. "You know, being out seven months is hard for anybody. I know it was a good feeling for him to do what he did tonight". "It's not just about me". Thibodeau and Lue go back to their days on Doc Rivers' staff in Boston. The Cavaliers approached the future Hall of Famer and asked him if he'd like to return to Miami, where he spent the first 13 seasons of his career and where his children are still enrolled in school.

While Altman's main objective was to fix Cleveland's culture, he also wanted to spark James, who hasn't been himself in recent weeks.

Over 43 games in his first season with the Kings, Hill averaged 10.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 26.6 minutes.

For simplicity's sake, let's group the guys the Cavs said goodbye to in pairs.

Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs' commitment to fixing their roster.

Cleveland led 83-80 late in the third period when James scored and was fouled by John Collins.

He doesn't have any doubts now. A lot of moves were made, but are the Cavs still contenders?

James gets the next one.

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