Saying that the Cleveland Cavaliers have not performed up to their expectations would be an understatement. At the moment, they cling onto the 5th seed in the east and for all intents and purposes that is as high as they will get this season. The Cavaliers are in an awkward position where they need to build comradery and consistency among their starting lineup but injuries hinder that process. Though he is young, Kyrie Irving’s body seems to let him down often and LeBron James has not been on the court since December 28th. Even before the superstars were dealing with their ailments, Anderson Varejao suffered a season ending injury. In the wake of all this madness what is the Cleveland front office to do? They made a trade.
Focusing on solely the Cleveland part of the agreement, the trade was used to acquire J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert while sending away Dion Waiters. While it is too early to determine whether the Cavs will benefit from this transaction or not, it is not too early to assume that they made this trade out of desperation. They are easily the NBA team that has underachieved the most thus far and the outcome of this season will most definitely determine their foreseeable future.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me?” This phrase is probably tattooed into owner Dan Gilbert’s brain. LeBron left once and he could leave again. The Cleveland Cavaliers put a lot on the line with the way they structured the contracts. Kevin Love and LeBron James both said they want to stay in Cleveland for the long haul but talk is cheap. Kevin Love is an unrestricted free agent when the season ends and LeBron has the option to end his contract if he so chooses. It does not help that after the Christmas day game, LeBron and Dwyane Wade seemed to be conversing about teaming at a future date.
Let’s do a quick recap on the events that led to trade. Before the season even began the Cleveland Cavaliers had unrealistically high expectations. Without warning injuries hit like a typhoon. LeBron hurt, Kyrie hurt, Varejao out, leads most to believe that disappointment is inevitable. Finally the coup de grace, There is no guarantee that LeBron and Kevin will stay for another season. Seeing that the s*** was about to hit the fan, The Cavaliers decided to go all in.
Fantasy Foresight: The current state of the Cavaliers is a mess. The statistics of the 2 superstars won’t change but it is fantasy roulette predicting how J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will fit with their new team (Consider Smith’s scoreless game an outlier) If you own Kevin Love use the fact that he had a chance to shine with LeBron out of the lineup and get some value out of a trade. LeBron James is poised to make his resurgence soon so the longer you wait the less value you will get out of K Love.