Isaiah Thomas: Cavs were in ‘panic mode’ when they made trades

Limited Kids Brandon Sutter Jersey Isaiah Thomas was candid in why he thinks the Cavaliers traded him and several Art Monk Jersey others before the trade deadline Feb. 8, essentially dumping half their roster.
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In an interview with ESPN’s E:60, which will air March 11, Thomas said the team went into panic mode because of how poorly they were performing.

In those 15 games Thomas was with the Cavs, the team went 7-8. Thomas also struggled on the court, averaging 14.7 points per game. He averaged a career-high 28.9 ppg last season in Boston

Despite the abrupt end to his tenure in Cleveland, Thomas says he doesn’t hold a grudge against the Cavaliers and is looking forward to continuing his career in Los Angeles.

I’ve been in this situation before when I got traded to Boston, Thomas said, a team right outside the playoffs, a team that was young, really didn’t know how to win. And I just brought a different swagger to that organization. And we took it and ran with it.

Decreases in the production of Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson have led to their contracts earning the distinction of being undesirable. Shumpert is owed roughly $11 million next season (assuming he opts in), while Smith and Thompson are under contract until 2020; Smith and Thompson are both set to earn over $30 million each in the final two seasons of their contracts. While the money would match if these players were included in a deal for Jordan, there would be a slight imbalance in returns.

If the Clippers’ trades of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul serve as any indicator, a pairing of undesirable contracts and a late first-round pick should not be enough for the Cavs to land a player of Jordan’s caliber. Cleveland would likely have to part ways with Brooklyn’s draft pick in addition to a young player with upside like Cedi Osman.
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With LeBron James’ free agency looming, Cleveland’s front office is under immense pressure to make moves to improve the Cavs’ roster in a span of four days. Do not count Cleveland out, though, as the franchise has a recent history of making some surprisingly impressive late season acquisitions.

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