Trade deadlines are an exciting time for everyone. Teams get new players, players get new teams, fans get a nice midday distraction - everyone wins. (Except for the players who have to uproot their lives on a literal moment's notice, they defintely do not win.)
Trades can take years to fully develop. Team cohesion doesn't happen overnight, and the ripple effects from roster shakeups are oftentimes felt years down the road. It'd be premature to assign winners and losers of the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline so hastily - SO LET'S DO IT.
The Cavs were unquestionably the most active team on the market today, as GM
LeBron James Koby Altman had himself quite an afternoon:
LOL— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 8, 2018
-2018 own 1st
-Larry Nance Jr
-Heavily-protected future 2nd
That is an absurd amount of roster movement for one day. Quite frankly, this an absurd amount of roster movement for one offseason. It was also an overhaul that was sorely needed. The Cavs were bad. Not like, "oh, we don't care about the regular season" bad - but actually, legitimately bad.
Isaiah Thomas wasn't healthy, still didn't play defense and also hated being in Cleveland for literally every moment he was in Cleveland. The ghosts of Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade had no business logging meaningful minutes on a Championship-caliber team. The Cavs own 1st round pick was expendible given their possession of Brooklyn's. None of these pieces fit, and they got rid of them before they trotted an old, injured lineup into a seven-game series with Milwuakee in the first round of the playoffs. That's a win.
Los Angeles Lakers
They cleared cap space, which to the Lakers is the ultimate win. Drafting is dumb when you can promise the best basketball players in the world great weather, a huge market, and the country's premier taco scene. The Lakers also won, and if you don't believe me, just wait until Day 1 of free agency.
Hell yeah the Wizards are going under Winners:
Wizards trade Sheldon Mac to Atlanta for a protected second round pick. This moves frees up a roster spot and cash #DCFamily— Chris Miller 🎥🎙🏀 (@cmillsnbcs) February 8, 2018
The Wiz' biggest problem is being strapped for cash. Handing out three max contracts tends to do that. Now they have roster space and cap room, both of which will obviously go a long way towards continuing to build around their current core. It wasn't flashy, but sometimes the best trades aren't. It's a win!
My guy has had Top-5 All-Time forgettable season so far. Let's take a look:
- Traded from Boston, where he carried the team and was universally adored by fans, to an Eastern Conference rival in Northwest Ohio for a younger, better player
- Spent half of his last season before free agency rehabbing a career-threatening hip injury
- "Reportedly" was the player who lead the locker room revolt against Kevin Love
- Threw coaches and players under the bus with every single postgame presser he gave while on the Cavs
- Went on record LAST NIGHT saying he didn't want to be traded for the 4th time in his career, immediately gets traded for the 4th time in his career
- Had to have his agent send league-wide texts in all caps reminding everyone that he won't come off the bench for LaVar Ball's kid
The Grizzlies had one of the most valuable assests of the deadline in Tyreke Evans. They also had an intriguing piece in Marc Gasol, although he was always less likely to be traded. Turns out, neither of them got traded, as the Grizzlies apparently cherish the status quo. They were reportedly looking for a first round pick in exchange for Evans, which is probably all you need to know about why they're Deadline Losers:
The Grizz out here trying to sell a pre-owned PlayStation 4 for retail https://t.co/vluTYIbN8h— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 8, 2018
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