The Cavaliers had a glaring defensive problem, but trades could solve it

Feb 11 2018 Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrate on the bench during the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 121 99 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 11 2018 Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrate on the bench during the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 121 99 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Defensively, the Cavaliers are yielding 110.1 points per game.

Any time that Lebron James is in town you can be sure there will be a large audience and plenty of creative jabs thrown the Kings way.

Being the sharp-shooter that he is, Korver lamented some of his misses.

The Cavs, after struggling for much of the past month and a half, have now won three straight games - their longest win streak since ripping off five straight from December 9 through December 17. "You look at Larry and Jordan, they haven't played a playoff game".

Clarkson allowed 0.9 points per possession when tabbed as the primary defender this season, putting him in the top 30 percent of the league, suffocating opposing ball handlers on the pick-and-roll. Wade has said he wanted to end his career with the Heat, and he'll get his chance. He made the Eastern Conference All-Star team during the 2014-15 season, one of four starters to do so on the 60-win team.

These pieces complement LeBron better than their outgoing players who could not shoot to space the floor for LeBron and contributed a lot to Cleveland's bad defense. And after "The Decision", it's probably best if he keeps his free agency as quiet as possible.

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"I came here to create flexibility for our organisation so one day we can have a superstar come here with our young core", he added.

Two out of the three jabs that fans sent the Cavs way were legitimate. In addition to taking on Clarkson's large contract ($12.5 million next year and $13.4 million the year after), the Cavaliers gave up a first-round pick for Nance.

In the short term - and as long as LeBron is on your team, that's all that matters - what's most to like about the new guys is that they aren't the old guys. They'll improve a second unit that clearly needed a ton of help. He's a guy who put a ton of work into his craft ... it's good to see him throw it up there at his age. "I've been really happy". There was no panic move necessary before the National Basketball Association trade deadline came and went.

Whether Thomas turns out to be the sort of influence the Lakers are looking for is unclear. Boston did that Thursday when it signed Greg Monroe, and the Warriors and Cavaliers - who will have open roster spots after Thursday's moves - will surely be watching to see if players like Evans or Joe Johnson become available in the coming days.

If anything, this story just goes to show how much James and the Cavs front office communicate when making moves, be that free agent signings or trades, and makes you think just what other moves LeBron was heavily involved in this trade deadline period.

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