"I don't really know the deadline like that because this is really the first time I had to deal with it. You have a plan in place for the year, for the season. But we had a lot of injuries and a lot of guys came back midway through, which was tough for us. You hate to see this day coming, because it happened to me as a player also, but it's part of the business and it's tough."
For James, among those leaving were his best friend Wade, with whom he played for four seasons and won two championships in Miami, and Shumpert and Frye, part of the 2016 championship team.
"It's always tough when you lose teammates. The trade deadline is always a difficult time for everybody," James said. "So, shout out to my former teammates: Shump, D-Rose, Jae Crowder, Isaiah, D-Wade and especially Channing. He's a great guy, and losing those great guys, period. We put in a lot of hard work over the years with myself and Channing and Shump -- we won a championship together. So that's always difficult to lose a teammate that you had a great run with.
"Obviously, D-Wade, I've been teammates with him before. And then the small little doses that I was able to play with Jae and IT, I wish it could have been better than it was. I definitely wish all six guys, including D-Rose, the best."
Lue said what he learned after taking over following the firing of coach David Blatt should help in this situation.
"Come in in the midst of all that, I can handle a lot of things and I can get through a lot of stuff," Lue said. "Just for me and the game of basketball, I just think you gotta play the game you love to the best of your ability. And I think when you playing hard and leave it on the floor, you can live with the results."
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