After overhauling their roster at February's trade deadline, there weren't many people who expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to make the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year.
With the team going through turmoil and suffering heavy losses on the court, general manager Koby Altman knew he had to change something to save their season and pulled off multiple trades as a result.
The Cavs offloaded Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert in deals with the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, respectively.
In return, they acquired George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood.
Although they reached the Finals again despite these moves, they are proving to be no match for the Golden State Warriors and are currently trailing 3-0.
With the experience of the players they let go, they surely could've used some of them to compete better with the Warriors.
LeBron James certainly wishes that they had somebody like Wade to call on in this situation, who he also reached four consecutive Finals with during their time together with the Heat.
"Oh, absolutely. I mean, listen, not only from a brotherhood aspect and what we know about one another, and also from an experience factor," James said Thursday, according to ASAP Sports.
"I believe that he would have been very, very good for us in the postseason. He's a guy that's kind of built for the postseason at this point in his career, who lives for the moment.
"So definitely, definitely think about that. It seems so long ago that he was even a part of this ball club, but definitely think about it from time to time."
The three-time champion, who returned to Miami, won two championships alongside James in South Beach and was involved in the highs and lows of the playoffs with him.
He joined the Cavaliers at the start of the campaign after securing a buyout from the Chicago Bulls but only made 46 appearances.
The former Finals MVP produced some vintage performances for the Heat in their opening round series against the Philadelphia 76ers and could well have given LeBron some much-needed help offensively.
There's no doubt that his experience would've provided more than the likes of Hood and Clarkson have done so far.
The 36-year-old has participated in the playoffs 13 times and knows exactly what it takes to be successful at this level.
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