The newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to roll.
Head coach Tyronn Lue announced Saturday that George Hill will get the starting nod at the one-spot in his team debut Sunday against the Boston Celtics, while Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. will come off the bench.
Cleveland was the NBA's most active team leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, having reportedly been involved in talks for stars like DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker. The Cavaliers ultimately swung a three-team swap for Hill and Hood, and acquired Clarkson and Nance from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own 2018 first-round pick. Cleveland also sent Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat.
The revamped Cavs will hit the hardwood for the first time together against the Celtics, whom Cleveland trails by 6.5 games in the Eastern Conference standings.
LeBron James and Co. were undermanned Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, as the six players they traded were no longer with the team while the four new members were unavailable. But James had a monster triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 19 assists as Cleveland won 123-107.
Rookie Cedi Osman notched 16 points, six boards, five dimes, and three steals against Atlanta in his first start, and will remain in the starting lineup in Beantown.