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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.

Lauri Markkanen to compete in Taco Bell Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

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Lauri Markkanen to compete in Taco Bell Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

Although they have no players playing in the NBA All-Star Game, the Bulls will be well-represented during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

Thursday, the NBA announced that Bulls' rookie Lauri Markkanen will compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 17. Markkanen is one of eight NBA players that will participate in the event.

The skills challenge is one of two events Markkanen will participate in during All-Star Weekend. He will also play for the World Team in the Kickstart Rising Stars game on Friday, Feb. 16, facing off against teammate Kris Dunn. Dunn, who has missed six straight games with a concussion, will compete for the U.S. Team if healthy.

Markkanen becomes the first Bulls player to compete in the skills challenge since Derrick Rose in 2011. Ironically, Rose competed in the event in 2009 as a rookie, just like Markkanen will do this year.

Rose won in 2009 and also participated in the event in 2010 and 2011. Jimmy Butler was scheduled to participate in 2015, though he dropped out due to a shoulder strain.

Markkanen is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 47 games this season.