Altman pulled off an extreme roster makeover - trade deadline edition.
For 25-year-old guard Clarkson - who could qualify to play internationally for Philippines due to his mother - the trade ended his three-and-a-half-year stay in Los Angeles and increased his chances of becoming an National Basketball Association champion.
The trade was a success for the Lakers who cleared enough CAP space to go after James and Paul George in free agency, but Cleveland also got the reboot that could save their season. The former has averaged almost 20 points a game off the bench during L.A.'s recent 7-2 stretch. When the trade went down, there were a lot of people saying that the Cavs had won the trade, but Thomas never found his stride in the Land. And they were just getting started. The Cavs play in Atlanta on Feb. 9 (that could be a much depleted crew, depending on how quickly the new players join the team), in Boston on Feb. 11 and in Oklahoma City on Feb. 13.
The fastest way to lose LeBron is by playing scared and not taking risks.
"Collectively, as a group, we got to do better", Thomas told reporters after a loss Tuesday night. I love the Rodney Hood pick-up. He's athletic, he can shoot it, he can defend and he's way better than [Jae] Crowder. George Hill might be 31, but he's a smart defender capable of checking the league's premier point guards. Let's put it this way: If the roster blowup doesn't pan out, at least we'll have fun in the second half of the season watching Larry Nance Jr. jump around. And [Jordan] Clarkson is a microwave; he's instant offense. I don't want to be on the outside of the playoffs looking in.
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"This", Magic Johnson said, "is what I came here to do". "It's a big deal to me".
Cleveland made a pair of moves Thursday that the front office is hoping will inject the team with more energy. I felt like now was the flawless time to trade him. "I just want to be where I'm wanted".
It could make for an awkward fit over the final two months of the season, although Walton stressed that he believes Thomas, who appeared in just 15 games with the Cavs after being swapped for Kyrie Irving in August, will adapt to the Lakers' system. If we're talking short-term, it's probably the Cavs. His father, James Thomas, grew up in Los Angeles and, according to Sports Illustrated, bet a friend that if the Lakers lost the 1989 NBA Finals to Detroit he would name his son after Pistons star Isiah Thomas. "They may be the long-term victor". It will now enable Los Angeles to chase after two max-contract players during the summer.
-The New Orleans Pelicans traded forward Dante Cunningham to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Rashad Vaughn.
The deal doesn't suddenly push the Cavs onto the level of the Golden State Warriors, but it addresses two needs - youth and athleticism - and could help soften tensions in the locker room. He's one of the smartest players I've been around.
The Isaiah Thomas experiment in Cleveland didn't work. "Man, I feel bad for him". He is only 25 years old and can be a player Cleveland incorporates into its future.