So we broke down part of the Cavs-Celtics trade yesterday and I actually gave Boston some love. After hating on them for the entire year, I really thought that was a great trade for them that made them both better in the present terms and set them up well for the future. A nice pickup for the C's.
I actually thinks its a great move for the Cavaliers as well. Maybe even a better move for them than it was for Boston. The thing with Boston is they were probably solid for next year and years to come prior to the trade. I'm not sure you can say the same for Cleveland.
I think I am to the point now where I would actually be surprised if LeBron stays in Cleveland after next season. And I'd be SHOCKED if he plays his next 5 years in Cleveland. It feels like he is out the door already. So under the umbrella that this is probably James' last year in Cleveland, this was a great move for the Cavs.
For next season, it probably makes them a little bit better. Not much but at least a little. The downgrade from Kyrie to Isaiah isn't terribly steep, it's not like Kyrie was a lockdown defender by any means, and they also add some depth in Jae Crowder. They at least don't drop off in LeBron's potentially final year.
That added depth in Crowder and the Brooklyn pick also give them some roster flexibility for this upcoming season as well. Before Kyrie demanded a trade, the Cavs were kind of hamstrung in what they were capable of doing. Now they have some options. Some combination now of the Brooklyn pick, Love, Crowder, or Thompson could bring in a big name to play with LeBron and Thomas. I would be surprised if this is the last deal Cleveland made before the playoffs next year.
And most importantly, it at least gives the Cavs some type of options if LeBron leaves next year, or even the following year. Even if Kyrie wouldn't have demanded an immediate trade this season I don't think he was staying around in Ohio if LeBron bolted. So that would have meant Cleveland would more than likely be out their best two players in a year or two.
Now they at least have some hope. Maybe they can convince Isaiah Thomas to sign in Cleveland. I talked yesterday about how I think it's risky to sign him to a long-term deal but if you are Cleveland that's probably a great guy to take a chance on. If LeBron wasn't from Ohio, he isn't signing there. And what other free agents are signing on a LeBron-less Cavs team? I can't think many....so maybe they could convince IT to resign after playing there a couple years.
And even if all that fails, maybe that Brooklyn pick turns into something and you rebuild through the draft. I'm not sure Brooklyn will be a Bottom 3 team but they have really struggled recently so you can't expect that large of a turn-around.
So assuming the Kyrie situation was unmanageable and he had to be traded before the season started, that's a pretty good haul for Cleveland as well.
The wait is finally over!!!
After waiting and waiting for years, we are finally going to get a new Taylor Swift CD. I was starting to think this day was never going to come. So excited for this. I don't know much information on it yet. Really all the information I know is from her tweet. But that's enough info for me.
The album drops on November 10th which means it immediately goes on my 2017 Christmas list. And then we even get the first single on the album debuting tomorrow. I've said it for years but "Taylor Swift is The Beatles of our generation". Just a once in a generational talent.
So we are officially back to school at North Polk. Students came back for their first day yesterday. This puts me in the middle of my 8th year as a teacher now. This year started a little differently than any of my other years started.
We have a new principal this year at North Polk and to welcome the kids to the building she thought our staff should do a welcome back music video. Here ended up being the result: