LeBron James reportedly at odds with Cavaliers front office

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The most obvious move that the Cleveland Cavaliers need to make before the National Basketball Association trade deadline is moving Tristan Thompson.

The Wolves haven't played since beating New Orleans at home on Saturday.

J.R. Smith made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Cavaliers (30-22) take a 15-4 lead, and they led by 21 points late in the first half. With Love out of the line-up, the Cavs will continue to struggle in both offense and defensive plays.

Then, when Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers, James told the front office not to deal him, believing he could fix the relationship. Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all were dealt over the summer, as was Kyrie Irving - in a move that may have backfired for the Cavs.

Isaiah Thomas scored 12 for Cleveland, who have lost 12 of 18 and don't seem to have any answers on the floor for what ails them.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns.

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According to Lloyd, James now has no relationship with the front office.

James is signed through the 2019 season, but thanks to the player's option in his contract he can opt out to become a free-agent at the end of this season.

It will now be up to Altman to try and find a suitable replacement for Kevin Love for the time he is out and possibly into the post-season where roster depth is the most important.

The two teams faced off on January 8 in Minneapolis and the Wolves crushed the Cavs, 127-99 behind 25 points from Andrew Wiggins.

"To be honest, adrenaline was just going, and I didn't even realize what was going on", Simmons said after the game (ESPN).

From the second quarter until the conclusion of the contest, the Cavs managed to pump out a paltry total of 55 points.

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Since losing at Golden State on Christmas, LeBron James and his teammates are 0-8 in network broadcasts and have been embarrassed in several matchups against quality teams.

At halftime with ABC's Lisa Salters and afterward, Lue said the Cavs were soft and lacked toughness. "I was just trying to play hard and trying not to have another setback". If he's mailing it in, they follow suit.

"I'm here for the long haul", James said after Tuesday's loss.

"I think the Cavs are really weighing how much, if at all, do we give up, do we cut into our future assets, whether it's (the Nets) draft pick, even their own pick, which has been readily available, their own 2018 pick, not the Nets' pick, do they do that even?"

James uttered the word that is such a part of his legacy and the impact he's making on his hometown.

Thomas finished with 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting and went scoreless in the second half, something that never happened to him in the 204 career games he played with the Boston Celtics (regular season and playoffs), according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

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Marla Ridenour is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal.

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