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NBA Trade Deadline moves morph Cavaliers roster into entirely new team

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NBA Trade Deadline moves morph Cavaliers roster into entirely new team

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped a bombshell(s) at the 2018 NBA Trade deadline.

Sending away five players and bringing in four new ones, the Cavaliers obviously felt that the current team was not going to compete for an NBA Championship.

In many ways, Cleveland improved and set themselves up for a better future with or without LeBron James.

A cost though was sending nearly everyone that they obtained in the off-season away at this deadline. Isaiah Thomas, who was injured for the first half of the year had not meshed with James and also was caused a stir in the locker room with Kevin Love.

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To make a decision more enticing for the Cavaliers, Thomas’ contract was expiring at the end of the season and was going to be an unrestricted free agent.

Those are just a few of the reasons that Cleveland sent Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers. In return, the Cavaliers got younger with two 25-year-olds, guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.

That was just the beginning of a crazy day for basketball in the city of Cleveland.

CAVALIERS TRADE DEADLINE ACQUISITIONS:
Rodney Hood (from Utah in three-way trade)
George Hill (from Sacramento in three-way trade)
Jordan Clarkson (from LA Lakers)
Larry Nance Jr. (from LA Lakers)
Future second-round pick

CAVALIERS TRADE DEADLINE MOVES:
Isaiah Thomas (to LA Lakers)
Channing Frye (to LA Lakers)
Dwyane Wade (to Miami)
Jae Crowder (to Utah)
Derrick Rose (to Utah)
Iman Shumpert (to Sacramento)
2018 First round pick (to LA Lakers)

Once again the Cavaliers’ front office is doing everything that they can to not only get back to the NBA Finals but beat Golden State.    

READ ALSO: DWYANE WADE SENT BACK TO MIAMI

Here is what their roster was BEFORE their buzzer-beating win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night: 

CAVALIERS ROSTER AS OF WEDNESDAY 2/7/18:

Starters:
Isaiah Thomas
JR Smith
LeBron James
Jae Crowder
Kevin Love

Bench:
Jeff Green
Dwyane Wade
Kyle Korver
Tristian Thompson
Cedi Osman
Jose Calderon
Channing Frye
Derrick Rose
Iman Shumpert

John Holland
Ante Zizic
London Perrantes

Here is the Cavaliers' roster AFTER the trade deadline:

CAVALIERS ROSTER AS OF THURSDAY 2/8/18

Starters:
George Hill
JR Smith
LeBron James
Kevin Love
Tristian Thompson

Bench:
Rodney Hood
Jordan Clarkson

Kyle Korver
Larry Nance Jr.
Jeff Green
Cedi Osman
Jose Calderon
John Holland
Ante Zizic
London Perrantes

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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas returns to practice days before season opener

Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas returns to practice days before season opener

Five weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb, Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas returned to practice Sunday and was a full participant.

Originally expected to miss 6-8 weeks in recovery, Thomas is on track to play much sooner than anticipated. Wizards head coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t go as far to say Thomas would be ready for Washington’s season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, but he did seem optimistic that he’d be playing in the near future.

Thomas signed a one-year minimum deal with the Wizards in July. Once healthy, he’s expected to be the team’s starting point guard with Ish Smith and Justin Robinson coming off the bench.

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Wizards' biggest storylines coming out of the preseason

Wizards' biggest storylines coming out of the preseason


The Wizards closed their 2019-20 preseason schedule with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, which means up next is the regular season opener on Wednesday night in Dallas. Now that the exhibition schedule is (finally) over, here are five takeaways from what we saw...

Injuries have added up

The Wizards entered this preseason with a lot of things to sort out in their rotation due to the significant roster overhaul they went through in the summer. But injuries complicated things further for head coach Scott Brooks, who wasn't offered anything close to a full cupboard to work with.

The most notable injuries were to Isaiah Thomas (thumb) and Troy Brown Jr. (calf). Both players will be key members of the rotation when they recover, but are each on track to miss the start of the regular season. The same goes for C.J. Miles, who has a foot injury. There is also Ian Mahinmi, who has an Achilles issue, though he is not likely to play a big role on the team this season.

Hachimura looks the part

The early returns on rookie Rui Hachimura have been good. The 2019 ninth overall pick has not looked timid or out of place on an NBA floor. He has shown he can attack the rim assertively and has even made a few threes. Those two areas will be key to watch for him this season; how he can adapt to NBA interior defenders and shooting threes from a longer distance.

Hachimura is a likely starter for the Wizards this season and should get ample shot opportunities. He is going to have a chance to be a focal point of the Wizards' offense and probably a long enough leash to play through his mistakes. As a young player, you can't ask for much more than that.

Also impressive this preseason were Moe Wagner, who was much better than he showed in the Las Vegas Summer League, and Thomas Bryant, who looks like he is going to take another step from his breakout season last year. Bryant is more confident knocking down threes and has been a force on the glass. Don't be surprised if he averages a double-double this season.

Small forward is a question

The Wizards had Brown penciled in to be their full-time starting small forward, according to a person familiar with their plans, but his injury is expected to keep him out to start the season. He did a post-practice workout the other day and wasn't moving very quickly, either due to discomfort in his calf or to be extra cautious in fear of a setback.

Either way, he is still rehabbing and so is Miles. The Wizards also released Justin Anderson, leaving them with no obvious choice to start at the three. At this point, it looks likely they will have to either put someone there that is probably best suited for another position like Hachimura, Davis Bertans or Jordan McRae, or roll with someone who is very inexperienced like Bonga or Admiral Schofield. The odds seem better they choose the former.

Final roster spot?

The Wizards now have to decide who gets their final roster spot. The safe money at this point is probably for point guard Justin Robinson and wing Jordan McRae to be the 14th and 15th players on the roster and for Chris Chiozza to have his contract converted to a two-way deal.

The Chiozza part has been speculated for weeks and it is the direction the team is leaning, NBC Sports Washington was told. If Chiozza did get the two-way contract, he could remain with the team to start the season and help fill the void at point guard while Thomas recovers from his left thumb surgery. Chiozza would have 45 days allotted at the NBA level, but that clock would not begin until Oct. 28 when G-League training camps open.

Beal's commitment

This season took on an entirely different tone with Thursday's news Bradley Beal would sign a contract extension with the Wizards. This year had the potential to be overshadowed by Beal's uncertain future, but now that has been put to rest. The trade rumors can be set aside as Beal has made it official his commitment to the Wizards' plan.

Now, that could get interesting late in the year if losses are piling up. He ultimately wants to win and it will bear watching how he shows his frustration if the team isn't playing up to his standards.

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