“Everybody knows the assets that we have and the young players that we have,” Ainge added in another part of the chat. “So I think that’s the challenge. In any conversation we have the price is a lot because of what we have in the bank. So I think that’s the challenge we’re facing. And we’re trying to stick to our plan. If a deal comes along where the price to add someone to the team who is more long-term as opposed to someone who is just the last 25 games of the season, we have more interest in that than we do in finding a Band-Aid.”
October 19, 2017 | 11:21 am EDT Update
In an effort to create more space on offense and to make Dwyane Wade’s transition to the starting lineup a bit more smooth, head coach Tyronn Lue moved his All-Star over one spot, swapping out long-time starter Tristan Thompson. “It’s going to be tough for fives to move around with him,” Lue said recently. “When we run pick-and-rolls, they can’t really get out and show. He’s going to have a lot of open shots and we know Kevin, he can make shots. “When we play big and Tristan goes to the 5 and he goes to the 4, we’re back to our normal positioning. We’re going to try it out and see how it works. He was frustrated at first, but now he’s enjoying it.”
October 19, 2017 | 9:59 am EDT Update
But the Cavs certainly hadn’t forgotten that he quit on them and set out on a path for greater personal accolades. Cleveland.com reported that some players were upset about the Cavs’ production of a video tribute for Irving. It was never shown, with the team saying it had a floating time slot that never presented itself. Hayward’s fractured and dislocated left tibia just 5:15 into the game may have contributed. But considering the ire it prompted, perhaps not.