Sport LeBron James, Tyronn Lue pushed for DeAndre Jordan trade, report says

19:00  17 may  2018
19:00  17 may  2018 Source:

NBA playoffs 2018: JR Smith says Cavaliers can't make LeBron James play 'hero ball'

  NBA playoffs 2018: JR Smith says Cavaliers can't make LeBron James play 'hero ball' LeBron James had a 40-point triple-double in Game 2, but the Cavaliers were unable to come away with a win."We're making Bron play hero ball, which is tough to do, especially in the Eastern Conference finals," Smith told reporters, via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "We got to help him. With that said, we have to give him an opportunity to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays. We got to help him and he's got to help us.

Here is Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue after the Detroit win, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. LeBron was not that worried about his minutes after the Detroit win, either. “You make so much a big thing about my minutes,” James said .

“I like our group,” Tyronn Lue reiterated. That said , it’s funny because around the league you hear conflicting things. I think the people who want DeAndre Jordan are pushing the narrative that the Clippers are trying to get rid of him.

a close up of LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James © Getty Images Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James

What if DeAndre Jordan was with the Cavaliers during this year's playoff run?

That's what LeBron James and coach Tyronn Lue wanted and tried to make a run at the Clippers star before the trade deadline, according to The Athletic.

However, the Cavaliers ultimately decided to shy away from Jordan and instead traded for a group of young backups, including Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood and veteran George Hill. The goal was to have them grow together as a team in the hopes they will stay in Cleveland for the long term.

It remains to be seen if the tactic to pass up on trying to trade for Jordan worked. The Cavaliers turned their season around after a rough winter slump after the trade deadline and are in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, they are currently down 2-0 against the Celtics.

It was also noted that the front office went against James' wishes, which could affect his contract restructure this summer.

NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue confident LeBron James will ‘bounce back’ .
Lue’s confidence extends beyond James as the Cavs return home — where they’re 7-1 this postseason. MORE: Chris Paul injury update: Rockets guard (hamstring) 'worried,' Game 6 in question | NBA playoffs 2018: Steve Kerr upbeat even with Warriors on brink, 'I feel great'"I know we play well at home, but we have to beat them," Lue said. "We can't just expect coming home for our great fans and crowd that we're going to win the game. We've got to play well and we understand that. I like what we've done the last three games defensively, even Game 5 in Boston [on Wednesday].


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