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Thomas shipped out: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

Thomas shipped out: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades

In the hours before Thursday's trading deadline, the Cavs unloaded six players, including Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, James' best friend, in three separate deals created to make the team younger, more athletic and as general manager Koby Altman put it, to revitalize a team he felt was "marching a slow death". The Cavs sent Rose, who has also been slowed by injury, and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood.

Towns made all six three-pointers he attempted Wednesday and set a franchise record by stretching his streak of consecutive threes made to 10, one more than Martell Webster made in April 2011.

And if all that wasn't enough, the Cavs then dealt Wade to Miami for a protected 2024 second-round pick. "This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future".

The Pistons won their fifth straight - and their fourth since Griffin arrived via a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thomas seemed to sense his unusual stay in Cleveland was over. I just feel like he was playing behind the eight ball, not only on the floor, but just trying to get himself back to where he's accustomed to playing.

The win off the heels of their massive trade deadline probably went better than general manager Koby Altman had hoped.

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"This guy is so good he dictates outcomes", Altman said.

Thomas, who turned 29 on Wednesday, wasn't working out.

It was perhaps the right thing for Irving to do last summer.

But as he has done so many times, James delivered one of those moments that have defined him. (A team with James and the rest of the roster made up of the worst free agents found in the video game finds itself ranked 26th.) LeBron is essentially considered better on his own than the entirety of the Bulls, Hawks, Kings, Nets and Suns.

Butler scored 35, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 for the Timberwolves, who were in position to win in OT before James came to Cleveland's rescue. But he's a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him.

The result comes off the back of a humiliating loss the Orlando Magic the night prior as Cleveland surrendered a 21-point lead. "That's not true", Lue said. Jeff Green scored 24 points and Cedi Osman had a career game in his first career start with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.