My how things change in such a short amount of time in the soap opera that is 'As the Cavs Turn.'
48 hours ago, we were panicked that the walls were tumbling down after a miserable loss to the Orlando Magic. 24 hours ago, we were happy that the Cavs beat Minnesota, but worried that no major changes would be coming by the time the NBA's trading deadline arrived at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Then, the sun came up and the Cavaliers front office went to work.
- They traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their 2018 1st round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance
- In a three-team deal, the Cavs acquired George Hill and Rodney Hood, sent Iman Shumpert out to Sacramento, and shipped Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah.
- And in a professional, tip-of-the-cap, show of class, they traded Dwyane Wade to Miami, where his future hall of fame career began.
Wow! This was a stunning series of moves by GM Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert. Altman described the need to change the roster during a conference call on Thursday evening. "We wanted to be patient and see it work out. We were excited about what we had on paper, but we were really worried about what was going on, on the floor and in the building. We were marching a slow death," he told reporters.
It's like the entire franchise has been revitalized.
Will it be enough to convince LeBron James to stay after this year is over? Jim Donovan thinks that at the very least, the Cavs have sent a message to the King that they're serious about investing in both the present and the future.
With four new players heading to Cleveland, three of them under 25, the Cavaliers are saying directly to LeBron: "Here's a new team. Be a leader. Lead this team."
And as Jimmy put it, if LeBron is as smart as we all think he is, he'll see young talent around him and a better future here in little ol' Cleveland.
We discussed that and a lot more on the Donovan Live Postgame Show. Watch it all in the player above