The Nets, no deep thinkers of their own, tried to do the same, bringing Pierce and Garnett in last season to team with Deron Williams. Alas, Pierce and Garnett were aging in Boston. They were aged in Brooklyn, and the Nets went thud.
The Rockets tried it, too, clearing all kinds of salary space so that Bosh could be signed and added to a squad of Harden and Howard. But Bosh decided to stay in Miami, and Houston was left with a top-heavy roster. Star power, but no depth.
So will it work in Cleveland? Quite possibly. Any plan that involves LeBron is a good plan. LeBron/Irving/Love isn’t quite the LeBron/Wade/Bosh trio of 2010 but is better than the 2014 version. LeBron/Irving/Love is better short-term than LeBron/Irving/Andrew Wiggins, though I’d have kept Wiggins and gone for the long-term benefits.
But when your city hasn’t won a championship since 1964, you take any shortcut you find. Which includes the building of a superteam.
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