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The Cavaliers are rebuilt to try to please Lebrón

Dan Gilbert made a long pass to midfield on Thursday afternoon, carrying the ball as far as he could, as if he were one of his players trying to overcome the final whistle. Yes, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to save his season and thus give a boost to a franchise that suffers from a strong lethargy in which they have lost 13 of their last 19 games.
However, the avalanche in the deadline that led to six players of the Cavaliers to other destinations is something much greater.
Dispatching Isaiah Thomas after playing only 15 commitments in Cleveland’s uniform and transforming his roster, adding more youth and fewer knees in pain, was the final and final attempt to prevent James from leaving him for the second time, a “Ave” style shot. LBJ “which he expects to reach the ring and basket.
Otherwise, this summer a new Life without LeBron will begin.
Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, who were acquired by the Cavaliers from the Los Angeles Lakers, and George Hill, from Utah, make Cleveland a younger team and better defensively. By sending Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz and Dwyane Wade (James’ best friend in the NBA) back to Miami, the Cavaliers stepped on the brakes of their “Legends Tour” and instantly became a roster with more energy and sense of urgency.
The movements in Cleveland work immediately in two aspects. They give James a legitimate chance to make a new sense of his season and try to return to the NBA Finals for the eighth time in a row (this would be his fourth straight chance with the Cavaliers). Likewise, the Cavaliers took over a sufficiently young and talented group that can protect the franchise from leaving the contention map completely if James leaves Cleveland this summer.

It also serves as a painful, though premature, acknowledgment that Thomas, the key player in Kyrie Irving’s move to Boston last summer, was never going to be the man to complement James in the way Irving did while he was with the Cavaliers. And with Thomas’ contractual status in limbo after the end of this season, it was better to move Thomas sooner rather than later.
Finally, the movements on Monday are a sample of the evolution of Gilbert, who continues to believe that he is the best general manager of the team, but was able to have enough flexibility to understand that the mistakes made in the Irving operation should be corrected now and not after Otherwise, the Cavaliers could well give James as lost.
It is astonishing then that Gilbert, who was the most despised ex in the history of the NBA just eight years ago, when James left Cleveland and left for Miami, has become “Dan the Negotiator”, willing to change half of his roster to make the favorite son of the northern region of the state of Ohio look forward to staying in Cleveland beyond this summer, when James becomes a free agent.
Still to see how these new pieces fit, if this new infusion of athletic conditions and youth are transformed into victories instantly. However, the Cavaliers who stepped on the court on Friday night in Atlanta have been suddenly transformed around James, a man whose only purpose in the final years of his career is to win championships and reinforce his legacy as one of the greatest players of all time, not to say the greatest.

That’s why James will not sign with a team in the process of rebuilding this summer or with a franchise without a past with a hierarchy of champions. You do not want to carry the hassle of having to attract quoted free agents to a new team; that is, having to recruit another championship team, in the style of the Heat between 2010 and 2014. You need to know that the necessary pieces are in place, because the fact of reaching the second round of the playoffs is no longer meaningful for a player who has played basketball beyond the month of June for almost a decade.

This is the reason why most of the Western Conference teams are perceived with few opportunities to take over James’ services. If you are going to fall defeated by the Warriors, the theory says, it is better that it happens in the biggest scenario of this sport in television at world level than in a conference final that will only be seen on cable.


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