With just over an hour until the NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers made multiple, big, somewhat surprising moves. After only having played 15 games this season with the Cavaliers, Isaiah Thomas has been shipped out of town….
Lakers Get: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cavaliers’ 2018 1st-round pick
Cavaliers Get: Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson
Yesterday, Thomas was asked about how he felt playing for the Cavaliers. This question came in reaction to Thomas’ comments earlier in the week:
“That’s been our biggest problem all year, adjusting. Teams are going to make adjustments, and we have to do the same thing too, and we’re not that good at that right now.”
“I want to play where I’m wanted. I like it here. I’m tired of being traded.”
Apparently, LeBron and company weren’t too fond of Thomas’ original comments. That. Or his inability to play defense. Either one. In Thomas’ defense, he wasn’t afforded a lot of time to adjust to the Cavaliers’ system. Here’s a guy (Thomas), missing the 1st 38 games of the season due to injury, and after just 15 games, is sent packing.
Now, it’ll be a miracle if Thomas can lock down a big contract at the end of the season.
With Thomas and Frye both becoming unrestricted free agents at season’s end, the Lakers have cleared enough salary cap space for 2-max contracts. Did LeBron just mastermind this deal in order to create cap space for himself???? And Paul George too????
The Cavaliers, however, received young talent in Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
The Cavaliers didn’t stop there. Evidently, they’re going for the record for trades at a single deadline.
The Cavaliers are also sending Dwayne Wade back to the Miami Heat for a heavily protected 2nd-round pick.
AND, the Cavaliers are ALSO sending Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings, as well as Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz. In return, the Cavaliers will receive Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Kings.
Take a deep breath, and try to keep up….
The Kings will also receive Joe Johnson from the Jazz.
Cavaliers Added: Cavaliers Subtracted:
Larry Nance Jr. Isaiah Thomas
Jordan Clarkson Channing Frye
George Hill Iman Shumpert
Rodney Hood Jae Crowder
The Cavaliers tax bill will jump to $50 million with the acquisitions of Hood and Hill. Without a commitment from LeBron James beyond this season, this seems silly. They must think these moves gives them a shot against the Golden State Warriors. They would be wrong.
Once your head stops spinning, check back for more updates on the wild, 2018 NBA Trade Deadline….
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