The NBA trade deadline time has come and gone with the Cleveland Cavaliers surprising many by staying relatively inactive. The team, which is in the process of interviewing free agents Deron Williams and Larry Sanders, has yet to indicate that they will make any further moves to improve the roster as they head toward the NBA’s final 30-game stretch to the playoffs.
In January, the Cavs did add veteran shooting guard and small forward Kyle Corver in exchange for Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy, and a future first rounder.
Many, however, had thought that NBA trade deadline time would also bring the franchise the #2 guy that so many believe LeBron James craves, such as the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler.
The 40-16 Cavs, however, see things a bit differently.
“It’s always about outside noise and that’s just outside noise for us,” said LeBron earlier this month, per the Washington Post. “We gotta focus on what needs to be done and that’s to continue to compete for a championship. And we got who we got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now we’re in a good place.”
Still, at least one or two NBA insiders predicted that come NBA trade deadline time, forward Kevin Love would be moved in a trade. Perhaps the knee injury that currently sidelines him played a factor.
Regardless, most media outlets predict that the Cavs’ three-game lead on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference should only continue to grow.
“The Cavs remain the team to beat,” noted USA Today recently, “even with forward Kevin Love (knee) and shooting guard J.R. Smith (fractured thumb) out until late March. With All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs should hold onto first-place in the East, even with a tough schedule remaining and with the Celtics right there.”