LeBron James carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals last season, but without a sufficient supporting cast, his championship aspirations came up short. A major move was needed to get the Cavaliers closer to a title, and the team believes it has pulled one off.

James and the Cavs welcome four new teammates Sunday when they host the lowly Memphis Grizzlies.

Prior to Thursday's trade deadline, Cleveland (31-24) took part in a three-team, 11-player trade that added Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Joe Smith and Delonte West to the Cavs' roster.

James had been lobbying for Jason Kidd, but he is pleased with the new quartet.

"This isn't the type of deal I expected," he said before Friday's 90-89 win over Washington. "You guys heard what I wanted but I am grateful for the situation."

Wallace and Smith came from Chicago and should improve the frontcourt, while Szczerbiak is one of the top perimeter shooters in the league. He averaged 13.1 points and shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range (71-of-166) with Seattle.

"We're here to win a championship," James said. "That's always been my goal. I'm looking forward to the new guys getting acclimated to our team."

After the huge trade, the Cavs had just eight players available for Friday's game against the Wizards, including Billy Thomas and Kaniel Dickens, who were each signed to 10-day contracts from the NBA Development League.

Despite being short-handed, Cleveland won its second straight as James made two free throws with 7.8 seconds left and Damon Jones scored a season-high 27 points.

James finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists on Friday after recording back-to-back triple-doubles. He's averaging 30.7 points, 9.8 boards and 8.5 assists in 10 games this month.

"I've said it a million times," Cavs coach Mike Brown said. "LeBron James is the MVP. He was spectacular."

In Cleveland's only game against Memphis (14-41) this season, a 132-124 overtime victory on Jan. 15, James had 51 points - five shy of his career high - on 18-of-28 shooting. He went 6-for-12 from beyond the arc and added nine assists and eight rebounds.

The Cavs have won four straight overall against the Grizzlies and are 9-2 all-time at home against the Memphis franchise.

The Grizzlies have not had any luck on the road lately, dropping 11 straight since beating Indiana 90-72 on Jan. 2. Memphis, which is 4-22 away from home this season, has not lost 12 consecutive road games in a single season since dropping 15 straight from Nov. 27, 2000-Feb. 5, 2001.

The Grizzlies lost their fourth straight and fell for the 10th time in 11 games Friday, 98-82 to Dallas. They are 1-8 since trading Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We are in a rebuilding phase," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "The guys are working hard but you can't take a possession off. When you have got four guys working hard and one guy takes a possession off, that gets to you."

Rudy Gay, who had a team-high 18 points on Friday, had 30 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Cavs last month.

Mike Miller, Memphis' second leading scorer behind Gay, sat out Friday with a sore back and his status for this game is uncertain.


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