Cavs Notes: Surviving the deadline, updates on Love, Thompson and Osman

Larry Drew forced to pivot after deadline moves

James Rapien
February 07, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Jan 23, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew reacts on the side line during the first half Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


Independence, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers' front office continued to re-shape their roster ahead of Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline. First, they traded Rodney Hood to Portland for draft picks on Sunday and then they flipped Alec Burks – who they added in November – and a second-round pick to Sacramento for a first-round pick, Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. 

Everyone seems to understand what general manager Koby Altman is doing – acquiring as many assets as possible to help build the post-LeBron Cavaliers the right way. Even though the front office is looking to the future, the players and coaches have to think about the current roster and how they're going to compete after losing two of its' best players?

“I’ve always been a realist as far as my approach to everything I do,” head coach Larry Drew said. “In losing both AB and Rodney, I lose two of my top wing guys. The situation is what it is. I’ll have to insert and plug guys in. New guys that are coming on board – I’ll have to get them acclimated and I’ll have to work with what we have.”

“These things do take place. I’m certainly prepared to move forward as the coach of this team.”

Hood and Burks are averaging 12.2 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. It may not sound like much, but it's a big blow to a team that's averaging 102.4 points per contest, which is 28th in the NBA.  

Rebuilds are hard to process. They're hard to deal with, especially for those directly impacted by them. No one wants to be 11-43. That includes the players, coaches, fans and front office. As Altman continues to build for the future, the current Cavaliers have to continue to play basketball. 

"As a front office that's their job and that's your job to see things that we can't," Larry Nance Jr. said. "Obviously all of us trust Koby and the job he's done thus far and we'll continue to, but you're definitely right where it's tough to give up a valuable piece of your locker room – a friend, a teammate and then to see that we got a pick. It's like – the pick is not going to sit in this seat."

Everyone understands the process and where the Cavaliers are. That doesn't make it easier on the players and coaches that are doing everything they can to right the ship now. 

"At the end of the day we're all pawns in the game," Nance said. "When somebody gets move it's like, 'ah well I'll see you later.' It's a small league. We all know each other. We're all friends. Nobody gets made a trade or anything like that."

Other Cavaliers Notes

Love still day-to-day – Kevin Love remains day-to-day, but hasn't been ruled out for this weekend. The Cavs continue to put him through workouts and he was a full participant in today's non-contact practice. The Cavaliers are waiting for their best player to be 100 percent and it's hard to blame them considering where they're at in the standings.

Osman and Thompson Out – Cedi Osman is able to move and shoot on his sprained ankle, but he has yet to practice since suffering the injury on Saturday night against Dallas. Tristan Thompson is able to shoot, but hasn't practiced. Drew said neither will play this weekend against Washington or Indiana.