Cavs Trade Six Players, Add Four to Improve Championship Prospects

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Crucially, the trade frees up salary space for the Lakers which could enable them to pursue a blockbuster deal for James, who will enter free agency in the summer.

Lue said Saturday's first practice since the trade was "going to be a walk-through, just trying to teach the new guys the plays and what we're trying to do defensively". With Kevin Love injured and the other former "alphas" like Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade traded away, there is no one left to take on a primary role in the offense.

Zach Randolph is yet another veteran that made a decision to end his Memphis Grizzlies stint, and he hasn't done much with the Sacramento Kings as the team isn't providing much playing time for veterans while they look to develop their youngsters.

Clarkson finished with 17 points while Hood and J.R. Smith each added 15.

"Man, the ball was moving tonight", Korver said. "He spent a lot of seasons here". "It's my job to as the leader of this team to make sure that I acclimate the new four guys to be around a culture that's built around winning".

In Charlotte, DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 25 points and CJ Miles came off the bench to score 24 points as the Raptors notched their fifth straight victory with a 123-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets. From this trade, they gained George Hill and Rodney Hood in exchange for Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, and Jay Crowder. They travel to Boston on Sunday and Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The team sent some of medical staff to Atlanta in hopes of completing physicals before Friday's game, but it's unlikely any of the new additions will play until Sunday in Boston. Taurean Prince had 15 points. Korver made four straight free throws in one trip to the line after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Kent Bazemore. Cleveland definitely increased its collective athleticism via the trades, and its new-look roster could allow the team to play a more up-tempo style of basketball.

The Celtics dug themselves out of a 26-point first-half hole and came all the way back, only to fall to Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers on Friday. The move with Belinelli, 31, was announced before the game. DeAndre Bembry rejoined the Hawks following his arrest for speeding on an Atlanta interstate. He was clocked driving a purple Dodge Charger at 128 miles per hour on Interstate 85 about 12:20 a.m. Bembry, who has a left abductor strain, has not played since December 22.

This response paired with the success of the Celtics after taking an early blow during the first game of the season, speaks to the same mindset the Cavaliers seem to have. James' momentum carried him into a section of fans under the basket, and he was limping when he emerged.

'I look forward to getting them here. "From there on, it went down". "I wish the best for him in LA right now and his future".

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