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In an offseason defined by drama, nobody managed to top the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After meekly bowing out of the Finals in five games, Cleveland failed to make notable trades or sign impact free agents. Instead, the Cavaliers parted ways with general manager David Griffin, and star point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. The Cavs’ biggest notable addition to date is now-journeyman point guard Derrick Rose.
There’s no way to know whether Irving, Rose or somebody else will serve as Cleveland’s starting point guard alongside LeBron James come Dec. 25. By the time that date rolls around, though, we’ll have a better sense as to whether the offseason drama derailed the team and provided an opening for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors, meanwhile, spent this summer siting back with their hands behind their collective heads and watch the resulting chaos in the wake of an almost casual run to an NBA title last year. The rich only got richer, too, as Kevin Durant signed a new team-friendly contract to ensure the front office could keep the championship core together.
While Ian Clark and Matt Barnes left, the Warriors retained Andre Iguodala,
Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2726769-nba-christmas-day-2017-schedule-game-by-game-preview-and-analysis
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