Koby Altman, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers remade themselves over the course of an afternoon last week in a truly stunning sequence of trades. The results have been immediately obvious, as the Cavs have gone from a sinking ship to the new favorites in the Eastern Conference.
Altman reportedly met with James before making any moves as the trade deadline approached, and told him he needed the best player in the world to buy back in. Altman reportedly conveyed that he understood LeBron’s frustrations, but for any transformation would have to start with the 33-year-old refocusing on basketball and the Cavs.
James has always needed shooters around him on the offensive end, and Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose just weren’t cutting it. James doesn’t need guys who can get into the paint and score, that’s his job. So Altman, a rookie general manager, went out and shaped the roster around his best player. A novel concept, right?
Altman went out and got George Hill and Rodney Hood in the three-team trade involving the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. Hill ranks fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage (44.9), while Hood hits a solid 39.5 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Hill is also solid defensively at the point guard position, while at 6’8″ with good length, Hood can both get his shot off and be a pest defensively on the wing. They have what Cleveland was missing.
Altman was also able to unload a problem child who simply didn’t fit next to LeBron by sending Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers. While he had to tack on Channing Frye (no big loss) and a first-round pick, he also got energy and athleticism …read more
Source:: The Big Lead