Cavs GM Koby Altman Says Culture Change Drove Trades Before Deadline

After a National Basketball Association trade deadline that saw his Cleveland Cavaliers acquire four players and trade away six others, All-Star LeBron James is interested to see how his new teammates fit in the rest of the season.

The question is, after our first blockbuster deal of the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline, how did both sides fare in the exchange? They've been replaced by Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and George Hill. Cleveland sent point guard Derrick Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz and guard Iman Shumpert to the Kings.

Secondly, if they do keep Thomas around, what role would he play? It's feasible with the shooting around him, the Cavs could utilize his rim presence more.

The trade comes amid a disastrous implosion in Cleveland that has seen fiery team meetings and a 7-13 record since Christmas, all while tension brews between LeBron James and the front office. However, much of the talk centering around Cleveland isn't about their new additions impacting this season. "I'm excited. They're a great young team".

A 47 percent shooter from the field and 40.3 percent from three-point range, the former IUPUI standout may just be what the doctor order for the Cavs at PG.

That contrast in styles could work well for them on the court, as Johnson and Pelinka noted-Thomas, the free-wheeling scorer; Ball, the pass-first facilitator to feed him.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after making a game-winning basket in overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena.

"There are so many ways you can use that (money), and, of course, the obvious way is in July of 2018 and July of 2019", he said.

The Cavs traded Kyrie Irving for Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic, and two draft picks last summer.

"We addressed the culture", Altman said as he described how he lamented how visible "the lack of energy and enthusiasm" from the team had become to everyone inside and outside of the organization.

If you can count on Stan Van Gundy for one thing, it's to make a splash at the trade deadline. In those 15 games this season he is averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assist per night.

"IT has had a difficult and very challenging basketball journey over the a year ago as he has worked extremely hard to make progress in his return to play", Altman said.

Unlike the Browns, who seem to have a distaste for drafting Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cavs dove in and got Larry Nance Jr., a player Anger Management thought would be a nice fit on the Cavs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are third in the Eastern Conference with a 31-22 win-loss slate, and are 5-5 in their last ten games.

In one of the longest running storylines of the season, by virtue of an 11th hour trade with the Cavaliers, the Lakers have cleared out the cap space necessary to be a significant player on the free agent market this coming summer.

  • Julie Sanders