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LeBron James: What Cavaliers trades REALLY mean for his 2018 free agency

10 February 2018, 11:12 | Devin Moran

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LeBron James a Cavalier for the

Then there were the other deals that were overlooked in all the buzz surrounding the Cavs' busy day. They didn't tank until everyone was back healthy. The new Cavs are not expected to play Friday when Cleveland, which has lost 13 of 20, plays in Atlanta.

Lue said for now his rotations will continue to be matchup-based.

The first obvious improvement for the Cavs is that they get addition by subtraction.

During his 15 years in the league, James had held pretraining camp mini-camps in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Miami. "This was a good win for us being short-handed".

Before jumping into LeBron's massive shoes and sifting through his motivations, let's first look at the cold, hard facts - or in this case, the cold, hard salary cap.

While this Cavs season might have featured more drama than season's past, the pattern is eerily similar to each campaign since LeBron James returned in 2014. He tied his career high in assists, last reached on December 12 against these same Hawks. Hill is a proven defender capable of guarding either backcourt position and has posted a sub-103.0 defensive rating in 9 out of 10 seasons in his career.

Funny, Korver's previous season high of 23 came against the Hawks on November 5.

LeBron James says he's excited about the new players added by the Cavaliers following a whirlwind of trades.

It's an impressive haul to pull from the carnage of the first 53 games of the season. The 33-year-old James has said he would like to finish his career in Cleveland and general manager Koby Altman, who has only been in charge of the roster since July, gave James a team he can lead back to the Finals.

Don't look now, but the Cavs, skeleton crew and all, have won two straight for just the second time since Christmas. The players they brought in essentially equal an average National Basketball Association player (0.0), but more importantly, they cleared out a ton of dead weight.

Altman ended an experiment doomed to fail by infusing youth into what was the league's oldest roster and holding onto a coveted first-round draft pick in case James decides to leave.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported the chants were in full swing when Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green were at the free-throw line. The eighth man was John Holland, who's on one of the franchise's two-way contracts.

"It's my job to get these guys integrated as fast as possible", James said on Friday. We know how the business is.

The greatest surprise was that recently acquired Isaiah Thomas was sent back to Lakers with Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. moving in the opposite direction. The Cavs will receive Jazz guard-forward Rodney Hood and Kings guard George Hill while sending point guard Derrick Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz and guard Iman Shumpert to the Kings. "But more important, we know we see each other all the time anyway, so, 'get out of here, D-Wade, '" he joked.

The Hawks, well, they fell to 17-39. Dennis Schroder led them with 25 points.

The argument could be made that James shouldn't exert too much energy at this point in the season, and that's a solid viewpoint. The only bench player outscoring him this season is Lou Williams, who is averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 assists in 32.5 minutes per game for the Clippers.

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