The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered through a rather bizarre stretch of the season that called into question whether they were really ready to defend their title, let alone make it out of the East. They lost a bunch of games to sub-par teams, and their defense devolved into one of the league’s worst.
LeBron James had grown increasingly vocal about the Cavs needing help, and when the February trade deadline rolled around, it looked like just might get his wish. They were able to snag both Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut off the scrap heap, the latter of whom was supposed to shore up their front line.
But Bogut barely made it through the opening sequence of his first game in Cleveland before breaking his leg. Head coach Tyronn Lue said recently that, in the immediate aftermath, he tried to convince Kevin Garnett to come out of retirement and join the Cavs. Via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com: