The Cavs are giving their players every indication they are in "Tank Mode."
The Cleveland Cavaliers that remain from their 2016 NBA Championship roster are trying to keep a level head, now that the team is being gutted from the inside out. No one said the unraveling was going to be easy, but Kyle Korver's trade to the Utah Jazz seems have tipped the scales more than anyone could have predicted. Korver was ultimately packaged consisting of two 2nd round picks and guard Alec Burks.
According to The Athletic's Joe Vardon, were visibly frustrated upon learning of the trade. Not only were they frustrated to lose a friendship, which by all accounts is a harsh reality they've come to expect. The players were most "upset" were likely those who resent the face management has decided to tank the season (unofficially). Vardon reports that more than one player on the roster has voiced their frustration with losing the team's best perimeter shooter. Tristan Thompson was one of the few players brave enough to speak to the press.
"At the end of the day it's a business and anyone can get moved," Tristan Thompson told Vardon. "If the trade is right and it adds up, then someone can get moved unless you have a no-trade clause. I don't know who has that. So the only two guys that are safe in the NBA are Bron and Steph Curry. Everyone else, you can be moved." The Cavs play the Raptors tomorrow without their Ashton Kutcher-clone, in a game they are almost certain of losing.