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The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to trade Isaiah Thomas after only playing 15 games in Cleveland. David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

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Altman consulted with Wade and James about the move since their friendship is what led to them playing together in Cleveland this season.

"I think it's always fun for him to come back and play", James said.

The massive makeover is meant to help the Cavs make another title run in 2018 with James, who can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and become a free agent.

Korver, who turns 37 in March, was pressed into extended duty as the Cavaliers had just 10 available players after Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

In Jordan and Nance, whose father played for Cleveland, the Cavs are adding a pair of young players with upside.

"We were really anxious that what was going on on the floor and sort of our culture in the building that we were marching a slow death and we didn't want to be a part of that", said Koby Altman '05, the Cleveland Cavaliers general manager and former Middlebury men's basketball player, on a conference call with reporters yesterday, February 8. "This trade really puts some wind in our sails". Crowder has struggled this year, though, and Shumpert struggled to stay in Cleveland's rotation.

Fewer substitutions? That worked just fine for LeBron James and Kyle Korver.

"I've watched that for the first four years I was here", Bazemore said. "That's not a good thing". "I think everyone's kind of at a high anticipation of what they'll look like". I like it here. "I wanted to be out there".

The Cavaliers needed to do something rash while in a prolonged slump and with All-Star forward Kevin Love out with a broken left hand.

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Thomas, who turned 29 on Wednesday, wasn't working out.

It was perhaps the right thing for Irving to do last summer. "You want shooters around LeBron, and they've got a ton of that".

Cleveland is just 7-13 since Christmas Day, and the club's slide has coincided with Thomas' comeback. Since entering the league in 2015, Nance has been praised for his defensive tenacity and nose for the ball on the glass, two areas which the Cavaliers are in sore need of help.

"I'm tremendously thankful to Dan, and his support, and his willingness to invest at such a deep level for now and into the future", Altman said.

If you are a fan of the Pistons, you have certainly heard it before. The Celtics have lost three of their last four games, falling behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The team planned a practice on Saturday to begin what coach Tyronn Lue said would be a re-introduction of the offense and defense.

More moves: In another three-team deal, the Nuggets, looking to improve at point guard, sent point guard Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks and got point guard Devin Harris from Dallas. Late in the game, Thomas was pulled off the floor by Lue and the guard stood near Cleveland's bench and shook his head in disappointment.

Any time that Lebron James is in town you can be sure there will be a large audience and plenty of creative jabs thrown the Kings way.

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