JIMMY'S TAKE | Trades send message to LeBron James of a better future here with Cleveland Cavaliers

Thursday was a franchise-changing day for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Time will tell, according to Jim Donovan, if it was a franchise-saving day.

Thursday was an amazing day for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In just about an hour, the roster was completely changed thanks to three trades. Out are Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, and Dwyane Wade. In are Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr., George Hill, and Rodney Hood.

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To call Thursday a blockbuster for the Cavaliers is shortchanging it, according to WKYC Channel 3 sports anchor Jim Donovan.

In Jimmy's opinion, you first have to give owner Dan Gilbert and GM Koby Altman a lot of credit. They saw what we saw out there on the court: The Cavs were not going to win an NBA title with the roster as presently constructed.

It's a franchise-changing day to be sure.

Now the question is: Is it a franchise-saving day?

The Cavs have 29 games to see if this works. It has to be better than the old, slow, and defenseless team we saw out there.

And how does all of this affect LeBron James and his future? The Cavs reportedly gave him a heads-up prior to Wednesday's game that some trades were in the works. He certainly played that game with Minnesota like a guy that knew that better times were ahead.

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 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.