Coming into the 2014-15 season, many people around the NBA world punched in the Cavs as basically a shoe in to be in the Finals come June, but that surely hasn’t been the case early in the season. Early on there have been chemistry issues which many knew would be a problem but also player issues, coach to player relationship issues, and also injuries have the Cavaliers currently in sixth place in a struggling Eastern Conference.
Lebron James constantly said in the beginning of the season and currently, that this team would be a work in progress, that they’re not great but has much potential. Early on with Anderson Varejao out for the season, James dealing with knee problems, and Irving having back problems, the Cavs front office felt it was time to make some moves in hopes to improve this team.
How do they do that? They get involved in a three team trade with the Knicks and the Thunder to acquire JR Smith and Iman Shumpert and send Dion Waiters to the Thunder. Many Cavs fans loved Waiters but there’s always one bad apple in the bunch and from the looks of it, it was Dion and change had to happen. Waiters does has tremendous upside and raw talent, so the Thunder aren’t getting some slouch, he is indeed a great sixth man.
With the additions of Smith and Shumpert, I feel they improved their team because not only did they get a shooter but they have two long, aggressive guards who can guard on the perimeter and make things difficult for the opposing teams top players. Also, with Shumpert, he’s one of the top young on ball defenders who takes pride in guarding the other teams best wing player, which in fact will take some pressure off of Irving and James to fill that role.
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