Vegas Over/Under: 53.5
The Record Projection: 55-27 of fromal The Bet: Over with confidence
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in an enviable position.
In case the blockbuster deal goes through, they will have a point guard in Isaiah Thomas who’s coming off a year in which he outperformed Kyrie Irving (by a substantial amount) during the regular season.
Even if the hip of the new acquisition remains debatable, LeBron James is going to be able to withstand more responsibilities, while Kevin Love and Jae Crowder team up to maintain the 2016 champions. Let’s not forget the impact of incorporating Ante Zizic as frontcourt depth, either.
If the trade is vetoed because of Thomas’ health, the Cavaliers will soldier on with a malcontent Irving or even find a new taker for its point protector. In any situation, they’ll remain filled with talent.
This offseason will be deemed a failure if they can not find a massive yield for Irving–and the Thomas swap certainly qualifies as such–because fixing their biggest problem (defense) wasn’t just done with the additions of Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon and Jeff Green. But they could still score aplomb, which will make them heavy favorites.
Because his age swells james doesn’t appear to have declined. Love enjoys chemistry than ever with his celebrity teammate, and Tristan Thompson is only improving. This might be an old roster, but it’s one brimming over with talent, and nearly all of the pieces fit together well.
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