What The Cavs and Lakers Trade Mean for Both Teams

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The team has been hesitant to part with the first-round pick it acquired during the summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, but Cleveland may have no choice in order to add a quality player capable of pushing the team back into title contention.

J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 points and seven assists in one of his best games in weeks. On Thursday, the Cavaliers turned their roster upside down in hopes of convincing James he doesn't have to go anywhere. "Still the same [confidence]". I like our core. George Hill has been a shell of himself in Sacramento, and while the prevailing assumption is that he'll look better in a winning situation, maybe he's just old now. "From myself to T-Lue and the players, this is not sort of what we envisioned and to sort of see the players' eyes light up with some of these deals, it was great to see some of the coaches' eyes light up with some of these deals". That's just the bottom line. But I just want to be where I'm wanted. "Now is the time, and I think what's interesting is we have a chance to come back from the All-Star break, let the dust settle, regroup, come back as a team, have a couple days of practice".

To come to grips with everything that has transpired, as well as looking for another opinion on the deal, we reached out to our FanSided sister site, Factory of Sadness. "It hasn't been as planned, but I definitely want to be here". We have to take another step, right?

"So we have to make moves to be able to put us in the playoffs, in position to sign great free agents one day". Six players were dealt and the four received in return had not been cleared to play.

"We talked to him. That's not a good thing", Thomas said Wednesday. Lue said "I'm fine" when asked about his health, but did not provide any details. We need a point guard. We told him that. "I like the pieces that we have coming in". "He's going to get a lot of minutes". Thomas ($6.3 million) and Frye ($7.4 million) are on expiring contracts. Do the Lakers really want another Kobe Bryant situation where they are severely overpaying a washed up superstar?

The daily routine of life in the National Basketball Association always features some player or agent, in some cases some family member, griping about something.

Orlando lost center Nikola Vucevic with a broken hand on December 23 and a month later, Vogel says his team only now has adjusted to playing without a guy who has been the focal point of the team's offense for all six of his seasons in Orlando "Basically, we lost our most complete offensive player and our identity had to change dramatically", Vogel said. Not to mention, Cleveland would also throw in a first-round pick.

The two teams played dead even for the first 30 minutes of the game before Simmons hit a hot streak that gave the Magic their biggest lead of the game, 79-68.

In a video posted on the Cavs' Twitter account ahead of their game against the Atlanta Hawks, Nance is seen walking the corridors of the Philips Arena happily shaking hands with people and saying "Upgraded".

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