Perhaps the Cavs should have decided to ignore Irving's trade request, but they didn't, and they arrived at this trade deadline with an old, mediocre, miserable and ill-fitting teamat grave risk offalling on its face well in advance of the NBA Finals -- and then watching the second-greatest player of all time leave.
at grave risk of:冒着……重大的风险
They did about the very best repair job they could in astunningseries of deals that sent out six players and two draft picks, including the Cavs' 2018 first-round pick, in exchange for four rotation guys who fit much better around LeBron.
In swapping (deep breath) Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas for (inhales again) George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., thelethargicCavs got younger, exchanged bricky ball-handlers for shooters, and added two switchy defenders who can hang -- when engaged -- against elite offenses.
Quibble if you want -- and we will -- but that is a big, big win for the Cavs and GM Koby Altman, who no longer looks as "young" and "overwhelmed" and whatever other adjective his anonymous critics might have proffered 48 hours ago.
lethargic[ləˈθɑrdʒɪk] adj.昏睡的; 暮气沉沉;懒洋洋的;
Shumpert was out of the rotation, with little chance of reentering.
Rose is bad, maybe washed up, and serves no purpose playing next to LeBron or Wade. (I am legitimately worried fans will revolt and tackle Tom Thibodeau if/when the Wolves sign Rose and give him some of Tyus Jones' minutes.)
Frye is expendable, though the Cavs will miss his presence in thelocker room. His positivity and knack for chemistry-building buoyed Cleveland during bad times in the months before their 2016 title run, and helped stave off an all-out civil war this season.
Thomas is broken. He alienated teammates by speaking out of turn, without having first stood beside them in the postseason, but you forgive all that if players produce. Thomas didn't, and given his hip ailments, no one should have expected much different by early February. But he is broken for now, and the Cavs were out of time.
Crowder looks broken, too -- and dispirited. The team's faith in him wavered.
Wade is a legend, and for a while there, he propped up a frisky bench. But at 36, he was mostly just another non-shooter clogging LeBron's driving lanes and playing zero defense.
He shot a lot, too. An aging veteran who loafs on defense, jacks with the frequency of a borderline All-Star, andscoldsothers for their mistakes can sap morale even without really meaning to -- or acting with malice.
Hill is shooting a league-best 45 percent from deep, and can defend at least two positions. He is shooting so well in part because he has been laughably judicious in Sacramento, playing in a slow-motion haze, pump-faking his way out of shots as if he were more concerned with hisstatisticsthan helping the Kings win. On a lot of nights, Hill didn't like do anything.
He will perk up in Cleveland. Hill is the sort of secondary player who looks better on a good team.
Hood is shooting 39 percent from deep, and he's crafty off-the-dribble, capable of running a decent pick-and-roll. Kick the ball to him on the wing after bending the defense, and he can do a little of everything:
There are whispers that Hood is soft, both physically and mentally -- that you can take him out of games if you hit him enough when he comes around screens. He settles for floaters, and rarely gets to the line.
Nance has logged a lot of time as an undersized center; slot shooters around him, and he can screen for LeBron, roll to the rim and rise high for lobs. He and Kevin Love will make for an interesting, high-IQ frontcourt partnership. He can switch across all five positions on defense, though he is not as good as you'd think at staying in front of quick guards.
Clarkson is a chucker who doesn't solve any of Cleveland's old issues. He's shooting 32 percent from deep, right around his career average, and he is a glaring minus on defense.
But given everything else they did on Thursday, it feels a little much to harp on Clarkson. He's 25, and his shooting should improve when he's playing more of a catch-and-shoot role (at least sometimes) around superior players. He has some real zip, and creative passing vision -- even in tight spaces amid the trees -- when he cares to use it.
This was a good day for Cleveland. Short of amiracle, LeBron couldn't have asked for much more. There was no realistic target worth the Nets pick. The Cavs did the best they could, and they have a chance to be an injury away to Golden State again.