Cavs overhaul roster with multiple trades

Video: LeBron James hands wrist bands to young fans on way to tunnel after Cavs win

Cavs overhaul roster with multiple trades

As you can see below, the Detroit Pistons (+1000) now have the fifth-odds along with the Philadelphia 76ers to land James, behind only the Houston Rockets (+250), Cleveland Cavaliers (+275), Los Angeles Lakers (+500), and Golden State Warriors (+600). He watched other All-Stars get traded since the end of last season and wondered if Cleveland was going to make changes. While Boston welcomed former Celtics into the building for Paul Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony - Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers and Antoine Walker were notable attendees - it was the Cavs' fresh four of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson breathing new life into Cleveland.

A 123-107 victory at the Atlanta Hawks was the ideal boost for the team, but Cavaliers star forward LeBron James was quick to dismiss that the win was due to the departures of his former team-mates. With about two minutes to go, Cleveland got the lead up to 25 points, 92-67.

All it took was a massive makeover.

Clarkson and Nance arrive from a Laker team with the league's 9th best defence (104.6 ppg), and Hood arrives from a Utah squad giving up just 104.2 ppg, good enough for 8th in the association.

Cleveland is allowing 109.9 points per 100 possessions entering Friday's games, the second-worst defensive rating in the National Basketball Association after the Phoenix Suns (110.3).

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With Isaiah Thomas and the Big Three structure now gone, newly acquired George Hill said his and the rest of the team's goal is to fill in around LeBron James' playing scheme.

We were happy with the guys that we had, and we're going to happy with the guys that we have's a business. "We want to build those habits all the way to the postseason". Head coach Tyronn Lue knows he can count on Korver going forward. Did it fit? Did it work? From these numbers, I think we can conclude that defensively Cleveland will improve. Jordan Clarkson scored 17, Rodney Hood had 15, and Greg Hill (who started) had 12 points. Indeed, many teams were hesitant to part with first-round picks at all, and teams are unearthing more good players later in drafts than ever before. James noted a key difference in Cleveland's performance. 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.

James stole Pierce's spotlight with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to power the Cavaliers to a statement 121-99 victory against former teammate Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in a battle of Eastern Conference heavyweights at TD Garden.

Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James. We have to see how it meshes, obviously."Lue said he was still working through how he would use each of his new players, who likely will not be available to play against the Hawks tonight".

"He didn't show me anything I haven't already seen before from him", James said.

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