LeBron James: "I like the pieces that we have coming in"

LeBron James:

LeBron James: "I like the pieces that we have coming in"

He spoke at shootaround Friday before the Cavs faced the Hawks, as reported by Dave McMenamin at ESPN. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting.

But he thinks Thursday's moves puts them on the right track.

The team was broken. This Isaiah Thomas trade proved to be the biggest of the NBA Trade Deadline. I was a nervous wreck. Are we really going to make LeBron James go out like this in Cleveland?

"The oft-criticised old, exhausted roster that lacked athleticism to compete with other title contenders, one that got decimated in transition nightly, now boasts unique size, youth, athleticism, length, and versatility".

The deep-sixed six: Isaiah Thomas (too small), Channing Frye (too old), Jae Crowder (too not-as-advertised), Derrick Rose (too injured), Iman Shumpert (too Shump) and Dwyane Wade, who was graciously allowed to return to his home in Miami with a nod and a wink that what happened in Cleveland stays in Cleveland. "We're going to be fun, athletic and I think exciting to watch". "No", said Altman, who added he wanted to get "youthful wings" who could play right away and felt Wade's minutes would continue to be reduced. IT isn't ready to help a championship team because of his health.

Wade was one of James' closest friends who came to Cleveland just to be reunited with his former Miami Heat running mate. Frye getting traded hurts-he was on the 2016 title team and great with the rest of the team. More troubling to Altman was the sense that the Cavs were miserable, disconnected and on a self-destructive path.

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The Cavaliers and Hawks are meeting for the last time this season, with Cleveland having won the past two games after dropping the first. It will surely take the Cavs a few games and maybe even a few weeks before the new squad figures out how to play together. James turned it on when it mattered most and made plays that the Wolves could do nothing to stop.

Moments later, James dropped his game-winner over Jimmy Butler to edge the Timberwolves and was mobbed teammates. LeBron was brilliant, with 37 points, a triple double, and the stunning game-winning shot. "His most recent blast - a suggestion after Tuesday's loss to Orlando that the Cavs' coaching staff didn't make enough in-game adjustments this season". Is that a coincidence?

James played 40 minutes and led a short-handed Cavs team to an impressive win where mostly everybody played well.

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.

SF: Jeff Green: A solid defender in the low post and able to dunk with the best of them, Green slides into LBJ's usual spot at the three, giving Cleveland more defense and the ability to finish at the rim.

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