Cleveland Cavaliers' 2018 NBA Finals Odds Improve After Trade Deadline

The Cleveland Cavaliers made several deals before Thursday's 3:00 p.m. EST trade deadline, including one that sent Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The question is, after our first blockbuster deal of the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline, how did both sides fare in the exchange? They'll improve a second unit that clearly needed a ton of help. The former has averaged almost 20 points a game off the bench during L.A.'s recent 7-2 stretch. "That hasn't changed but we also value what IT can bring to this team - scoring punch" and emphasizes it's about how many minutes guys play, not who starts. Given the Lakers' goal of pursuing max-level superstars like LeBron James and Paul George, there may not be room for Isaiah in the team's long-term plans.

"He sent out a picture of Dwyane Wade congratulating him and then going home to Miami", Pluto said. They made adjustments and it worked, and we just kept getting hit with the same thing and we made no adjustments.

Hood is an average defender overall, but he has shown an ability to defend opposing jump shots (effective field goal against of 46.3 percent) and neutralize players coming off screens (among top 6 percent of defenders in the National Basketball Association this season) which is critical when facing the Golden State Warriors, whose offense revolves around Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thomson turning ball screens into points.

"I think we became a younger team, more athletic", Cavaliers small forward LeBron James said.

After a month of blowout losses, damaging stories about team chemistry, the souring relationship (if there was even any) between James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, and discontent, the Cavs have now younger, fresher players who can support the King and lead them back to the promised land.

"It's not something I wanted to do", Altman said.

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After whiffing in the early signing period Fisher has some positive momentum and the 2019 class is already off to a potent start. Four-star DE Andrew Chatfield (No. 159 in ESPN 300) from Plantation, Florida signs with the Gators.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after making a game-winning basket in overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena.

By early Thursday afternoon, they were gone.

Nance is a good defensive big who has the ability to play above the rim and may be a better starting option than Tristan Thompson.

Carr was born in Bakersfield, CA, and while the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas soon, he said that he'll always support the Lakers. He is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.

Isaiah Thomas (right), who was only traded to Cleveland Cavaliers by Boston Celtics last summer, is on the move again.

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got substantially younger and more athletic and wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.

After the Cavs lost to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Thomas spoke of how the team does not play together on defense.


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