NBA world explodes (and makes wise-cracks) as LeBron, Cavs go trade crazy

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NBA world explodes (and makes wise-cracks) as LeBron, Cavs go trade crazy

There may not be another league in the world in any sport that has so much drama without teams getting near a court as the NBA.

The final hours leading up to Thursday's trade deadline were proof. After the Bulls kicked things off with a whisper in the wind by dealing Jameer Nelson, who never played for the Bulls, for Willie Reed and a swap of second-round picks in 2022 (yes, 2022), Cleveland took over and ran things.

The Cavs dealt away Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade and landed Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. While the Rose and Wade deals will resonate more with Bulls fans, there was plenty of snark to go around about all of the moves. Here's a collection of some of the best jokes about Cleveland's busy day.

Some people had the perspective to think of the few remaining Cavs that aren't LeBron.

And possibly the most savage of the bunch:

Former Bulls Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade dealt as Cavaliers completely reconstruct roster

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Former Bulls Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade dealt as Cavaliers completely reconstruct roster

In 2011, Derrick Rose was named the youngest MVP in NBA history, leading the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals against Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Thursday, the Cavaliers traded Rose and Wade in separate deals, completing a roster overhaul ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

The Cavaliers traded Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz in a three-team deal. The Cavaliers acquired forward Rodney Hood from the Jazz and point guard George Hill from the Kings, shipping guard Iman Shumpert to Sacramento. The Kings also acquired shooting guard Joe Johnson from the Jazz in the deal. 

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the other NBA reporter who is breaking social media this afternoon, reported that Rose will be released and could find a new home shortly.

Shortly after reporting the three-team trade, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavaliers also traded former Bulls' guard Dwyane Wade to the Heat. Of course, Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Heat before signing with the Bulls ahead of the 2016-17 season.

This all occurred after the Cavaliers traded point guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye to the Lakers, acquiring point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. from Los Angeles. 

Cleveland has reconstructed its roster to become far younger and athletic than before.

Cavaliers happy to offer support upon Derrick Rose's return to the team

Cavaliers happy to offer support upon Derrick Rose's return to the team

Derrick Rose isn’t with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chicago, but after his time away from the team where he contemplated his future, he’s rejoined the fold.

Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said Rose is “too young and too talented” to give up his career so quickly and said the team will be happy to have him back. Rose is in Cleveland rehabbing from the sprained ankle he suffered a few weeks ago. The injury was the first link in the chain of events that led to him stepping away.

Well, the real first chain was Rose tearing his ACL in 2012 while a member of the Bulls, setting off a series of starts and restarts, steps and missteps, while not being able to reclaim his MVP form of 2011.

It’s clear the situation has weighed on Rose in the time since, and the Cavaliers are all trying to be supportive given his myriad injuries, as he's probably two weeks away from hitting the floor again.

“Whatever he needs. From coaches, from the organization, from the players,” Lue said. “We’re here for him, and we’ve always been here for him since Day 1.”

Many believed joining a team headlined by LeBron James would be the best environment for Rose, a pressure-free space considering the Cavaliers have made the NBA Finals each of the last three years and are heavy favorites to qualify for a fourth straight year.

With a deep team, there would be little asked of Rose, especially with Isaiah Thomas scheduled to make his Cavaliers debut in a few weeks. The thought was he could play his game off the bench without the wear and tear that comes with having to play 35 minutes a night.

But everything with the former MVP has been a mystery, and he went through a similar instance last year with the Knicks where he disappeared before a game without contacting anyone from the franchise.

This time, at least, he notified the Cavaliers of his plans to step away.

“It’s impossible. None of us can understand what someone is going through,” James said. “You just don’t know. We support him in whatever he’s going through, and we’re going to be a shield for him if he wants to use us. Hopefully he wants to use us. And just try to keep his mind on basketball and try to help him with everything else.”

James said he hasn’t had any contact with Rose since Rose left the Cavaliers more than two weeks ago. Rose is averaging 14.3 points in 26.9 minutes a game for the Cavaliers, who have gone on an 11-game winning streak after starting 5-7.

“I’m sure he’s going to have a conversation with guys,” Dwyane Wade said. “That’s the way it goes in this league when most guys have their moment where they talk to the team and say the things they need to say.

“And then the team moves on. As we said early on, we understand. I’m sure we’ve all had a point where we’ve all been overly frustrated about different things in this game, injuries or playing time or roles. Sometimes you need to get away.”