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.
Text just now from a Cavs player who remains on the roster after the upheaval: “WHAT JUST HAPPENED”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 8, 2018
YOU GET A CAV, YOU GET A CAV, YOU GET A CAV! pic.twitter.com/k9JOdSJU6i— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) February 8, 2018
Even the craziest fantasy owner wouldn’t make this many trades in one day.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) February 8, 2018
The people who have to create all these jersey name changes today be like........... pic.twitter.com/u36iloRGlr— Stacey King (@Stacey21King) February 8, 2018
Wow this is crazy lol.... The NBA is amazing— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 8, 2018
BREAKING - Cavaliers front office. pic.twitter.com/ee6UNjqxrR— Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) February 8, 2018
When LeBron is done with you he makes it pretty damn clear pic.twitter.com/aJ63aZ8L5m— Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) February 8, 2018
Some people had the perspective to think of the few remaining Cavs that aren't LeBron.
JR Smith at Cavs practice tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/AgtU1cghRi— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) February 8, 2018
Tristan Thompson standing in the Cavs locker room like.. pic.twitter.com/RdPFOQXtMZ— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) February 8, 2018
And possibly the most savage of the bunch:
D Wade: man we gotta get rid of these bums and get some fresh blood in here— Fuzzy Thurston (@swaggy_b_) February 8, 2018