Fucking LeBron James.
Twitter, Facebook, the Internet in general is exploding today. The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially executed an elaborate three-team trade that shipped Jarret Jack, Tyler Zeller and Sergy Karasev (plus a protected first round pick) to Boston and New Jersey. In return, they essentially got enough cap space to sign LeBron and a few other role players.
Shortly after the trade news broke, Twitter was alight with some new rumors. The Cavs were allegedly targeting, in no specific order.
- Ray Allen (formerly with the Miami Heat, and a James favorite)
- Mike Miller (formerly with the Miami Heat and a James favorite)
- James Jones (formerly with the Miami Heat and a James favorite)
But now we're languishing in dead space. Passing the minutes by twiddling our thumbs and refreshing Twitter and OCDing on LeBronJames.com.
It appears patience will once again be virtue. Reports came out that no decision (or Decision, for those with a grudge) will be announced until after the meeting between James and Heat GM/Overlord/Emperor Palpatine Pat RIley. That meeting will, again allegedly, begin at 6 p.m. (and Chris Broussard is reporting that the meeting will strictly consist of Riley, James and Rich Paul, James' agent).
Until then, let's regroup.
Regardless of what happens today, the Cavaliers are in good shape. Kyrie Irving favorite a Tweet announcing Jack's departure, potentially signifying that Jack was one of the locker room cancers that derailed last season. The loss of Zeller will sting, particularly because he appeared to be turning some kind of corner at the end of last season. That said, Zeller's production can be replaced. Losing Karasev is essentially losing a question mark. Besides, his skill set appears to be identical to secound-round draft pick Joe Harris from the University of Virginia.
The Cavs have a ton of cap space now and can easily chase after back-up free agents like Pau Gasol (UFA), Greg Monroe (RFA), Chandler Parsons (RFA), Trevor Ariza (UFA) and whoever else they like.
New coach David Blatt recently won Coach of the Year (in Europe, I know, but shut up and let me have this) and there are more than a few reasons to be optimistic about his potential. His philosophies on both offense and defense seem to be personnel based, as opposed to selecting personnel for a system. I think that's best when building a team; allow the talent to dictate the style of play (San Antonio used to be a grind-it-out defensive team and they're now one of the most efficient and impressive offenses in NBA history).
David Griffin seems to be an extremely capable General Manager. He's earned some respect today.
(But please, please, please do not trade Wiggins for Love.)