Korver scores 30, LeBron posts triple-double as Cavs beat Hawks

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All eyes in the National Basketball Association and across the sports world will focus on James during free agency. The Cavaliers made trades that would allow James to compete, but also give them a fall-back plan if James leaves. Of the four new guys, only Hill will start when Cleveland plays Boston. The Cavs may have locked themselves up a bit more (and, in their acquisition of Jordan Clarkson, cleared the way for James to consider the Lakers), but if LeBron leaves, they're screwed anyway.

"I think we're going to get a rejuvenated LeBron James, and that's the key", Altman said.

All it took was a massive makeover. As a result, the Cavs team that will take the floor in what could be? They now have the 29th best defence in the league, giving up a porous 110 points per game. General manager Koby Altman traded six players, including Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, and two future draft picks in moves created to not only help them in the short term but could potentially help keep LeBron James beyond this season. They already were before, but these guys. we'll see how they mesh. "And we didn't want to be a part of that". When questioned about the Cavaliers and their trade moves last night after a Celtics win over the Washington Wizards, Irving simply stated "I'm in Boston".

Thomas seemed to sense his unusual stay in Cleveland was over. Head coach Tyronn Lue knows he can count on Korver going forward.

They first traded Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas, and their 2018 first-round pick to Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

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"It's always tough when you lose teammates", James said. "He's a veteran so he can understand the flow of the game and then once we get our plays down and defensively what we want to do, then you could see a lineup change". Did it fit? Did it work? I think the trade that we made, I think we can do the same thing. Trade partner Utah will receive the Cavs' Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose, with the Jazz sending Joe Johnson to Sacramento. The youth and length that comes with the trio of Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood along with the veteran savvy of George Hill will nearly inevitably steer Cleveland's season back on track. Wade is back with the Heat, the team that drafted him and the franchise he helped lift to three championships.

Altman consulted with Wade and James about the move since their friendship is what led to them playing together in Cleveland this season. Instead of jumping the market for massive deals that could lead to an untenable roster (a la the Pistons) or breaking down the entire roster (a la the Cavs), there were teams like the Pacers who elected not to send out key pieces (in Indiana's case, Darren Collison) in an effort to make marginal improvements.

"It's not about what the other guys didn't bring or what these guys bring", James said after putting up 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 19 assists to log his second straight triple-double.

Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James.

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