Cleveland got rid of six players and brought in four new ones as part of their roster reshaping.
The next chance to see the new look Cavs in action will come Tuesday night in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. And Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Channing Frye are former Cavs, too. The C's rarely attacked in the paint, shot 40.4 percent against one of the NBA's statistically worst defensive teams - although, maybe this new edition of the Cavs has upgraded in that area - and by the midpoint of the final quarter had dipped under 40 percent.
And if all that wasn't enough, the Cavs then dealt Wade to Miami for a heavily protected second-round pick. It's a homecoming for the 36-year-old, who played 13 seasons in Miami, winning three National Basketball Association titles - two with James.
All things considered, the team they were facing, being on the road and the short time frame they have to get it together, this was Cleveland's best win of the season. It's how it's suppose to be.
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.
"He didn't show me anything I haven't already seen before from him", James said.James has reached the NBA Finals in seven straight seasons.
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In Jordan and Nance, whose father played for Cleveland, the Cavs are adding a pair of young players with upside.
"With the new guys, we're going to be ideal", he said.
James also had high hopes regarding his new team-mates. They still find themselves 6.5 games out of first place.
The Cavaliers, though, had other plans and needed to do something rash while in a prolonged slump and with All-Star forward Kevin Love out with a broken left hand.
"The fact that he made a decision to come off the bench in Cleveland has minimized and also limited his opportunities to do certain things that he has always been capable of doing, so I would imagine he would morph right back into the role of being a scorer, a front-line scorer for us, a crunch-time scorer for us, a defender on the ball in niche situations", Riley said. In the process of getting spanked by Indiana Friday night, they trailed by as many as 26. The move helps Portland avoid the luxury tax. Horford leads in rebounds with 7.8 and in assists with 5.2 per game.
James Harden had 27 points as the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to eight games with a 104-97 victory against the Dallas Mavericks.