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Since returning from the hip injury that sidelined him for most of the first half of the 2017-18 season, Isaiah Thomas hasn’t looked like his old self. His .361 field goal percentage and .253 three-point percentage are easily career lows, and his average of 14.7 points per game is way down from the 28.9 PPG he put up last season in Boston.

Thomas’ play — as well as his expiring contract — has Cleveland writers like Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com openly wondering if the Cavs should trade the veteran point guard. At the very least, the team needs to consider it, Pluto argues. For his part, Thomas said after Wednesday’s game that he hopes the Cavs don’t consider it too seriously, as Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com details.

“I’m tired of being traded,” Thomas said. “That’s not a good thing, but, I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship and I want to be a part of that.”

Here’s more out of Cleveland:

  • After a bad loss to the Magic earlier this week, Isaiah Thomas told reporters that “when we hit adversity, we go our separate ways.” It’s fair to question whether Thomas — who has played all of 15 games with the Cavs — should be the one to say it, but he’s right, opines Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
  • Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has been given some freedom to give more minutes to certain players after the trade deadline, and Cedi Osman looks like a candidate to be one of those players, according to Joe Vardon.
  • A report earlier this week stated that the relationship between LeBron James and owner Dan Gilbert is essentially nonexistent. According to Terry Pluto, the two men really need to sit down and talk to make an effort to help stabilize the Cavaliers.
  • Speaking of LeBron, he had to come out earlier this week and publicly declare that he won’t waive his no-trade clause. Even in the unlikely event that he’d been willing to do so, it would have been very difficult for the Cavaliers to find a deal that worked for James and both teams involved, says Bobby Marks of ESPN. In a fun exercise, Marks runs through the various possibilities in search of an ideal LeBron trade.
  • As we relayed in a separate story, the Cavaliers remain engaged in discussions with the Clippers about a possible DeAndre Jordan trade.
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When it is all said and done, Michael Jordan and LeBron James may go down as the two greatest basketball players who ever lived. But even talents as big as theirs had help along the way. Over Jordan's 15-year NBA career, he played with 13 teammates who played in at least one NBA All-Star Game, while LeBron, currently in his 15th season, has played with 21 All-Stars so far. How many of these 33 players (one played with both MJ and LeBron) can you name in six minutes?

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CLUE: MJ or LBJ / NUMBER OF NBA ALL-STAR APPEARANCES

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that the player made at least one NBA All-Star Game while teammates with Jordan or LeBron.

Score:
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Time:
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MJ / 9
George Gervin
MJ / 9
Robert Parish
MJ / 7*
Scottie Pippen
MJ / 6
Artis Gilmore
MJ / 3
Richard Hamilton
MJ / 2
Dennis Rodman
MJ / 1
B.J. Armstrong
MJ / 1
Bill Cartwright
MJ / 1*
Horace Grant
MJ / 1
Steve Johnson
MJ / 1
Christian Laettner
MJ / 1
Charles Oakley
BOTH / 2
Jerry Stackhouse
LBJ / 15
Shaquille O'Neal
LBJ / 12*
Dwyane Wade
LBJ / 11*
Chris Bosh
LBJ / 10
Ray Allen
LBJ / 4*
Kyrie Irving
LBJ / 4*
Kevin Love
LBJ / 4
Shawn Marion
LBJ / 4
Ben Wallace
LBJ / 3
Derrick Rose
LBJ / 3
Deron Williams
LBJ / 2
Carlos Boozer
LBJ / 2*
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
LBJ / 2
Antawn Jamison
LBJ / 2
Rashard Lewis
LBJ / 2
Isaiah Thomas
LBJ / 1
Juwan Howard
LBJ / 1
Kyle Korver
LBJ / 1
Jamaal Maagliore
LBJ / 1
Wally Szczerbiak
LBJ / 1*
Mo Williams
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