1st place in East
The Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt midseason and replaced him with Tyronn Lue.
A year ago, the Cavs made their run to the Finals on the basis of two big trades, acquiring Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov. This year, as the Cavs try to win the Eastern Conference again and ultimately the NBA title, it appears that changing coaches might be the big midseason move.
That's because the Cavs roster is well-stocked and mostly devoid of holes. That's a good thing, because the Cavs are miles over the luxury tax threshold, even after dealing injured guard Joe Harris to Orlando. That move did free up a roster spot, which Cleveland could fill with one more defense-oriented forward. Don't forget: The Cavs own a $10.5 million trade exception thanks to their offseason trade of Brendan Haywood.