Written by: Elijah Purdue
Fans following the Cleveland Cavaliers are well aware of the struggles they have been having so far this season. Many would say it’s because of the departure of the superstar point guard Kyrie Irving via trade to the Boston Celtics, who this past summer made it very clear that he did not want to be in Cleveland anymore. While that could very well be the main source of the struggles, some would also say that there should be no excuse as to the Cavs struggles because of the pieces that received in return for Irving. Those Pieces Included Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and last season’s leading scorer averaging 29 PPG Isaiah Thomas, as well as 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets. When the trade went through, a majority of people in the sports world thought this was the best possible outcome that the Cavs could have wished for considering the fact that Irving did not want to be there. While Irving is one of the top 5 players in the league, the Cavs do loose a very big chunk of their offense. However, even though he got injured to towards the end of last season and wasn’t going to be able to start the season, they are still getting another top player, probably top 10 in the league in Thomas.
Or so everyone thought. Thomas’s Injury caused the Cavs to be cautious, so he did not make his team debut until January Second of this year. With some expectation of struggles, Thomas was inserted in the starting Line-up just few games later. That’s seemed to be when the struggles really took a toll on the team, not to mention the injury of All Star forward Kevin Love who will miss a month due to a fractured hand.
With the trade deadline approaching the Cavs hit the phones to try and re-arrange the team. As the trade deadline came to an end, they completed multiple trades. The first trade included Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and their own 2018 first-round pick, to the Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Who’s, father played for the Cavs as well. The Second trade include three teams, in which Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder were sent to the jazz, Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert and a 2020 Second-round pick were sent to the kings, and the Cavs received George Hill and Rodney Hood were sent to the Cavs. They also sadly let go Future Hall of Famer Dwayne Wade who they sent back home to where he first started his career, The Miami Heat in exchange for a protected second-round pick.
With all of these moves, it seemed as if the Cavs could have possibly got their groove back, winning the last four straight games to go into the All-Star break with their newly Acquired pieces. Can the Cavs get it together? In their quest to win Another NBA championship.