Vegas Over/Under: 53.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 55-27 The Bet: Above with confidence
The Cleveland Cavaliers are somehow in an enviable position.
If the blockbuster deal goes through, they will have a point guard in Isaiah Thomas who is coming off a year where he outperformed Kyrie Irving (with a considerable amount) during the regular season.
When the trendy of the acquisition remains debatable, LeBron James will be capable of shouldering more responsibilities, while Kevin Love and Jae Crowder team up to maintain the 2016 champions. Let’s not forget the effects of incorporating Ante Zizic as frontcourt depth, either.
If the trade is vetoed because of Thomas‘ wellbeing, the Cavaliers will soldier with a malcontent Irving or find a taker for the point protector. They’ll stay filled with talent.
This offseason is going to be deemed a failure if they can’t find a huge yield for Irving–and the Thomas swap surely qualifies as such–since fixing their biggest difficulty (defense) was not just done together with the additions of Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon and Jeff Green. But they can still score with aplomb, which will make them heavy favorites to win at least 54 games.
Because his age swells, james doesn’t seem to have diminished. Love enjoys more chemistry than and Tristan Thompson is advancing. This might be an old roster, but it is one brimming over with talent, and nearly all of the major pieces fit.
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