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so Lebron probably wanted to go to LA this summer ....unless they reach or win finals.But basically the Cavs deal paved an open path for Lebron to walk right into Laker Land. Before .....it was reported IFFY if the Lakers could clear cap space this year Now Cavs ....helped make that dream come true for the Lakers , Magic , NBA, Lebron .What kind of pay off does Gilbert get .....3 lottry firsts for letting this go down so easy ? Maybe James agrees not to bad mouth Glbert in public this summer , as Gilbert handed him directly tomtue Lakers . Gilbert spent alot of money to be sure Lebron doesn't return IMO. This trade with tye Lakers is the craziest thing ever.
Liam - I pretty much agree with you. The hype around those trades seemed to just go off the charts. Charles Barkley basically said that Cleveland is now the team to beat in the east. I just roll my eyes. How some people are saying this team is better than last year's cavs I have no idea. George Hill is a fine player. He may help them some, he has playoff experience. Is George Hill as good as Kyrie? No way. Not even close.Is Jordan Clarkson a better backup 2 than Wade? Maybe a close call during the regular season, but not in the playoffs. Wade had played pretty well coming off the bench 11ppg/4rpg/3.5 apg in 23 mpg. I call this one a push.Is Rodney Hood better than JR Smith? Hood has 11 games of playoff experience last year where he was pretty bad. shot 35% from the field and 23% from 3 in those games last year. He is a good player so maybe you say he starts and he is an upgrade over last years JR Smith.I don't consider larry nance jr. a bit impact on the trade. I don't see him getting a lot of minutes after Love comes back, Jeff Green has been averaging 22 min a game and that was before Love was hurt. Cavs may be better than the pile of dung that they were during the last few weeks, but I don't see any way this years team with these trades is better than last years Cavs team.
Itís the right move for them for the future. Clarkson, Nance, and Hood are some good young talent and they got a 1st rounder too I believe. It wonít hurt them this year, but I donít think it helps them this year either. Celtics or Raptors will come out of the east this year.
I agree it improves their chemistry and potential future outlook (I like Nance a lot). As far as championship chances? Very very marginally. Their ceiling was and still is a finals trip and a beatdown from Golden State or Houston (barring injuries to the surviving squad). Their 3rd best player is George HillHere is the 3rd best player on the last 10 NBA Champions (imo at least)2017: Klay Thompson2016: Kevin Love2015: Draymond Green 2014: Kawaii Leonard/Tim Duncan2013: Chris Bosh2012: Chris Bosh2011: Jason Terry/Tyson Chandler2010: Andrew Bynum2009: Lamar Odom2008: Ray AllenSo my thoughts on this list. I think just about everyone views the Mavericks as one of the great Cinderella teams to win the championship in the last 20 years (perhaps along with the " no stars " pistons teams.). So I would not view that as a repeatable title team.Aside from that you have the spurs and Lakers teams. I think these would be the best hope for the Cavs to look to, but those teams have some pretty major differences in coaching given they have 2 of the top 4 or 5 all-time coaches (the Cavs have a terrible coach). Can a team like those Lakers and Spurs win in today's NBA when many of the teams have 3 all-star players and the Warriors have 4? Some may say that Houston only has two stars, which I would agree with, but Capela is getting close and more importantly Paul and Harden are clear top 10 players in the NBA.