Cleveland GM Altman: Cavs were marching a slow death before trades

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Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got younger and maybe wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.

As we count down to the trade deadline (3 p.m. ET), we will bring you any further news from around the league.

In the meantime, Pluto says it's allowed tension to build among players and rumors to circulate.

George Hill came from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah as the Cavaliers dealt away Rose, Wade, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert - changing almost half their rotation. The Lakers are a young and promising franchise with great young talent and now some veteran presence in Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.

"Did we think we were going to get this much done?" It's also weird that Minnesota made a decision to send defenders into the backcourt at all; that allowed LeBron to catch it cleanly, as Butler couldn't risk James getting behind him. That means holding onto draft picks and possibly failing to reach the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year. But, at least their best player is not going to abandon them in the middle of the season. That's James' impact.Cleveland hitting rock bottom the other night, an embarrassing loss against the lottery-bound Orlando Magic, has led to chatter about whether the team would be better off focusing on the future, perhaps even life after James. Butler scored 35 points for Minnesota, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30. It seems that LeBron could leave Cleveland even though the Cavs made numerous trades Thursday. As trade reports streamed in, basketball fans took to Twitter to crack jokes about King James' response to the trade turmoil.

LeBron James' fadeaway jumper at the buzzer in overtime helped the Cleveland Cavaliers put an end to their two-game losing streak as they outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 140-138 at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

The Cavs won't beat the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game series without making a trade.

Cleveland wasn't done remaking its roster. - Both these teams have high hopes for the rest of the season (yes, the Cavs still have expectations), but the two of them face a similar battle regarding their defense.

Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore was another Cavs target, but he is also unlikely to be moved due to this contract, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Who's defense is worse?

At this point, ugly losses have nearly become the norm for the Cavaliers who have now lost 14 of their last 21.

Things might only get worse over the next couple of weeks. Three games into the regular season Wade moved to the second unit, becoming the leader of Cleveland's productive Bench Mob.

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