LeBron James: 'I like the pieces we have coming in'

LeBron James: 'I like the pieces we have coming in'

LeBron James: 'I like the pieces we have coming in'

But he's a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him. Whether it's been Lue, David Blatt or Mike Brown on the Cleveland sidelines, James wants to be in the driver's seat, whether he admits it or not.

"There are going to be some peaks and valleys, but I've liked what we've done", Lue said.

The massive makeover is meant to help the Cavs make another title run in 2018 with James, who can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and become a free agent.

Teams already are lining up for an audience with The King should he turn down $36.5 million and opt out of his contract. Since James returned, the Cavs' projected revenues have almost doubled, from $145 million in 2014 to the current $280 million.

The Cavs had lost their eight previous network broadcast appearances this season, prompting James to say last week following a lopsided loss to Houston that he and his teammates should be dropped from any more telecasts.

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The Cavaliers have been in a freefall, losing 13 of 20 games since Christmas Day. More troubling to Altman was the sense that the Cavs were miserable, disconnected and on a self-destructive path.

Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, two primary pieces of the trade that ultimately sent Irving to the Celtics, both underwhelmed in their brief time in Cleveland, leaving many questioning whether or not the Cavaliers could have gotten a return for Irving with greater present value. The Cavs tried to incorporate him into their offence, but it was forced and bogging them down.

And so Altman picked up the phone Thursday and sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and Dwyane Wade packing in three separate trades - one of them a three-teamer with Sacramento and Utah - to bring in Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill to Cleveland in an effort to resuscitate their floundering championship aspirations. "This guy is so good, he dictates outcomes, and that was the hardest part for me, seeing him. And he thought I was messing around when I told him I didn't", James said. Being a point guard, you've seen every set, you kind of know what's going on. To see how they fared, we first need to take a look at the changeover in terms of nERD, our in-house proprietary metric that measures the total contribution of a player, based on their efficiency. "I definitely wish all six guys the best".

And if all that wasn't enough, the Cavs then dealt Wade to Miami for a protected 2024 second-round pick. Thibodeau and Lue go back to their days on Doc Rivers' staff in Boston.

While Altman's main objective was to fix Cleveland's culture, he also wanted to spark James, who hasn't been himself in recent weeks.

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Now, he believes it's his time to bring everyone together.

But as Brian Windhorst said on TV today, LeBron was not consulted on these moves by the Cavaliers.

Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs' commitment to fixing their roster.

Also during the off-season, the National Basketball Association made some changes to the rules one of which included changing the trade deadline from after the All-Star break to take place the week before.

He doesn't have any doubts now. There simply weren't many blockbusters left to be made.

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