Tyronn Lue unveils new Cleveland Cavaliers' starting lineup after trade deadline deals


LeBron James could not contain his delight after the Cleveland Cavaliers' new quartet helped inspire a big victory over the Boston Celtics.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said the arrival of Clarkson and Nance Jr. from the Lakers would "add athleticism, energy and length" to the roster. They had only nine available players against the Hawks, but Korver more than made up for a short bench.

"We have one of the best players in the history of the game, I'm sure he's going to dictate the tempo and things like that", Hill said, via ESPN.

The 2018 National Basketball Association trade deadline has finally passed and boy was it a doozy.

The Cavs appeared to get better on paper by getting younger, more athletic, and adding more shooting and defense. Cleveland was the story Thursday. The headlining trade sent Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

All that wheeling-and-dealing stole headlines even with almost two-thirds of the league making deals.

The Thomas deal deal marked a frenzied deadline day for Cleveland, who also offloaded Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat in exchange for a protected second round pick. Their deal with the Cavaliers, in which they acquired Thomas, got them out of future salary and set themselves up to offer perhaps two maximum contracts in free agency. The streaky Pistons have now lost two straight games after winning five in a row.

Finally, there's Nance, who could end up being the most important player of this quartet. Now we'll see if they will be potent enough to survive the likes of the Celtics and Toronto Raptors and get another shot at a title.

On Wednesday, Thomas told reporters he did not want to leave Cleveland in what would be the fourth move of his career.

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It has been a hugely tough week for manager Steve Bruce following the death of his father but he could be back in the dugout. Assistant boss Colin Calderwood said: "We hope he will be here on Sunday and part of our job is to help throughout the week".

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed two major trades one hour apart to give their team a totally different look.

The Lakers wanted to clear cap space for this summer and accomplished that while also landing a first-round pick.

"'Hey, this is what you need to look for when you're playing against this guy".

But teams are just taking a breath, they are not done. Crowder was also traded Thursday to Utah. "I'm a fan of a lot of greats, but his legacy will live on forever on Sunday, with his jersey retired with a lot of other great players that have played within the organization around the league".

When Johnson made the trade call to Thomas and explained the situation that he would be coming into, it seems that turned the tide for the new Laker.

Detroit, unbeaten since acquiring Griffin from the Clippers, acquired point guard Jameer Nelson from Chicago.

James scored 13 in the second quarter - eight of them during a 13-2 run that turned a one-point deficit into a double-digit lead.

But things were far from boring.