February 19, 2019

Lakers confident in chase for stars after Thomas trade

10 February 2018, 03:49 | Anna Jefferson

Lakers confident in chase for stars after Thomas trade

Lakers confident in chase for stars after Thomas trade

When the trade went down, there were a lot of people saying that the Cavs had won the trade, but Thomas never found his stride in the Land. In return, they will receive bench dynamo Jordan Clarkson and the uber-athletic Larry Nance Jr.

It sent Utah's Rodney Hood and Sacramento's George Hill to Cleveland with Cavs players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose moving to the Jazz. The Cavs have to walk a fine line between winning now and preparing for the future, and it appears they believe this deal will help them do both. It's feasible with the shooting around him, the Cavs could utilize his rim presence more. Given the Lakers' goal of pursuing max-level superstars like LeBron James and Paul George, there may not be room for Isaiah in the team's long-term plans.

The Cavs also sent Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat in exchange for a heavily protected second-round pick.

Thursday was a heck of a day, and might have been the shakeup an old roster needed to, at the very least, win the East for the fourth consecutive season.

A 47 percent shooter from the field and 40.3 percent from three-point range, the former IUPUI standout may just be what the doctor order for the Cavs at PG.

"I feel much better culturally and about the air in the building", Altman said. How long will it take for each of Cleveland's new players to acclimate to playing with LeBron James?

One of the centerpieces of the Kyrie Irving trade with the Celtics, Thomas missed the first two months of the season while recovering from a hip injury.

Altman said he wanted to "shuffle the deck" and re-energise the Cavaliers.

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.

"I just don't think we had enough time I think for him trying to come back - not early as far as health wise - but as far as condition and trying to find his legs, it was tough for him", Lue said.

As seen in Cleveland, Thomas struggled to make much of a positive impact in off-ball situations offensively.

"IT has had a difficult and very challenging basketball journey over the previous year as he has worked extremely hard to make progress in his return to play", Altman said.

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got substantially younger and more athletic and wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.

Cleveland defeated Boston in five games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs just shipped out four players who were new to the team while losing only two long-time members in Frye and Shumpert who were largely out of the rotation.

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