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August 22nd, 2017: Kyrie Irving is traded to Boston for injured guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie Ante Zizic and a first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets that the Celtics owned. The pick is said to be the prized possession of the trade and could fall in the top 3 based on Brooklyn’s projected season outlook. The night of the trade, Crowder’s mother passes away after a battle with cancer.

August 25th, 2017: The other centerpiece of the Irving trade, Isaiah Thomas, is given a physical exam and it’s revealed that his hip injury is much worse than the team originally thought. For about a week, the team thinks about asking for more from the Celtics or canceling the trade, but they stick with it and end up getting just an extra second round pick out of the deal. Thomas doesn’t debut for the team until January.


October 11th, 2017: Guard J.R. Smith is absolutely frustrated by being moved to the bench in favor of newcomer Dwyane Wade and the chemistry on the team begins to crumble. Smith is moved back into the starting role after two weeks of the team struggling.

November 11th, 2017: The Cavaliers begin the season with a dismal 5-7 record. They beat the Dallas Mavericks on the 11th and go on to win a total of 13 straight games and 18 out of 19, all with Tristan Thompson, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Thomas out with injuries.

January 2nd, 2018: Isaiah Thomas finally debuts for the Cavaliers in a home win against the Portland Trailblazers. Thomas is fantastic off the bench, putting in 17 points in 19 minutes. Unfortunately, it is one of the only successful games of Thomas’ Cavaliers career.

January 22nd, 2018: With the Cavaliers struggling, they hold a team meeting. Reportedly, guards Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas call out Kevin Love for leaving the game due to an illness and not returning in a blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Love had a concussion. Team chemistry appears not great.

February 6th, 2018: Isaiah Thomas continues to rattle feathers by saying that the team isn’t that good at making adjustments during the game, which is widely considered an insult to the coaching staff. Coach Lue says that’s not true when asked if they don’t make in-game adjustments.

February 8th, 2018. The Cavaliers trade Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Channing Frye, who was widely credited for bringing much improved chemistry to the team in 2016, which helped lead the group to a title. The team also trades Dwyane Wade back home to Miami, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to Utah and Iman Shumpert to Sacramento. The Cavaliers receive four players; Rodney Hood from Utah, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings. To bring in four new players and trade six in the middle of the season is almost unprecedented for a team that hopes to compete for an NBA Championship.

February 22nd, 2018: ESPN reports that in late December and early January, LeBron had complained that GM Koby Altman hadn’t joined the team on a long road trip, something former GM David Griffin did. The report notes Altman and his fiancee had recently welcomed their first child, who had experienced health problems.

April 5th, 2018: After a couple games in the starting lineup, Lue says that forward Jeff Green will start the rest of the regular season and through the playoffs. He starts one game against the Pacers in the first round of the postseason and hasn’t started since.

April 15th, 2018: The Cavaliers begin the playoffs. After 32 different starting lineups because of soup, injuries, trades and leaving the team unannounced to get married in the middle of the season, the team finally has a full roster of healthy players. They start their 33rd new lineup of the season.