The Cavs went out and got some help Monday night in a 6-player, 3-team deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. The Cavs received Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from New York, while sending Dion Waiters to OKC. The Knicks receive 3 player without nonguaranteed contracts: Alex Kirk, Lou Amundson, and Lance Thomas.
The Thunder sent a protected first-round pick to Cleveland, while the Cavs sent a 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks. Cleveland will also receive a 2015 first-round pick from Oklahoma City if it falls outside of the top 18 this year, or outside of the top 15 in 2015 or 2016.
The Cavs' got some much-needed depth off the bench with Smith and Shumpert, but Shumpert is currently out with a dislocated shoulder that he suffered last month.
Reggie Jackson of the Thunder is in the final year of his contract, and was reported to be heading to New York in this deal. Jackson remains with the Thunder, who gets help from Waiters, who struggled in his 2 years with Cleveland.
LeBron James is expected to miss 2 weeks with multiple injuries, Kyrie Irving has been in and out of the lineup, and the Cavs have struggled without them. Those struggles continued with a 95-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday, their first loss after having the lead heading into the 4th quarter.
The Cavs sit at 19-16 and after dealing with controversy between the team and head coach David Blatt, they now have to add the controversially outspoken Smith, as well as Shumpert to the mix.