The Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Sale
By Peter Jones 2/8/2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers turned the NBA world on it’s collective head this afternoon, trading away a total of six players at an already frantic NBA trade deadline.
In an unprecedented move, the Cavaliers first traded away Isiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. In doing so, the Cavs get younger and more athletic wing players for two expiring contracts in Thomas and Frye and in all likelihood a mid to late first round pick.
The Cavs were just getting started however, as they quickly maneuvered a three team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz. This trade had a lot of moving parts, with the Cavs acquiring Utah guard Rodney Hood and Kings point guard George Hill. In exchange, the Jazz received the best NBA contract in Jae Crowder(3 years $7m/year) and Derrick Rose from the Cavs. For their part, the Kings get veteran guard Joe Johnson from Utah and Cavs guard Iman Shumpert. Despite already being one of the craziest NBA trade deadlines by a single team in NBA history, the Cavs weren’t finished yet.
Possibly the biggest shock of the day coming out of Cleveland is the trade of longtime friend of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade. The Cavs shipped the 36-year-old guard back to his old team, the Miami Heat, for a protected second round pick. The move comes as a big surprise as many people predicated Wade would help get the Cavs over the hill against the Warriors. Instead, it looks as though father time has hit the 12-time NBA All Star, as he is averaging a career low in nearly ever statistical category.
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