The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James may have saved themselves from the scrutiny for one night as James’ late jumper in overtime helped lift the Cavs over the Timberwolves, 140-138. But it’s still chaos in Cleveland.
LeBron James baaaaaaang pic.twitter.com/QnCCBqL6HN
— Mike Ortiz Jr. (@OrtizDYST) February 8, 2018
While the win was mostly on the back of James, as he had 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, James did get some much-needed help. Tristan Thompson had a season high 17 points, J.R. Smith had his second-best game of the season with 20 points and six threes, and the rest of the starters all scored in double-digits.
However, they’re still very far away from a storybook ending in Cleveland. In fact, it appears that the book is closing as all signs are pointing to another James departure.
While many said that owner Dan Gilbert and LeBron James’ relationship was repaired, truth is; it isn’t. Dan Gilbert has always been an issue, league sources told DYST. James and Gilbert have always had a rocky relationship and ever since James bolted for Miami it’s been irreparable. So now Gilbert doesn’t want to be embarrassed with LeBron’s departure looming once again which is why teams began calling on James to see if he would waive his no trade clause.
As for the Kyrie Irving situation, it came down to Kyrie seeing the writing on the wall that LeBron was leaving after the year and he didn’t want to be stuck in Cleveland without him. As for the reports of Irving wanting to be the guy; they were true. But that feeling came out after he knew LeBron was planning on leaving. The reason for a trade demand came because Irving wanted to play in a better market.
With the NBA trade deadline coming to a close on Thursday the Cavs were very active, however, they didn’t land a star and also helped the Lakers out significantly.
First trade: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own 2018 first-round pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
Second trade: George Hill and Rodney Hood to the Cavaliers; Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Jazz; Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert, and 2020 second-round pick to Sacramento.
Third trade: (Note this one is interesting and I’ll explain) Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a protected second-round pick.
Okay so first, the Lakers trading Clarkson and Nance Jr. opened the door for the Lakers to acquire two max players in 2018 or 2019, and they gave them a 2018 first-round pick. Yes, it’s not official but this opens the door for LeBron to LA.
As promised, I’ll explain the Wade situation. Similar to Irving’s situation, Wade requested to be traded by Cleveland Wednesday night league sources told DYST. Based on conversations he feels that James is leaving and as a result he requested a trade. Though, that wasn’t the only factor as he wanted more playing time as well.