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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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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

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The 2018 NBA Doomsday Mock Draft: A comical look at every team's worst-case scenario

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.

The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.

But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.

So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.

1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.

2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.

3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.

4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.

5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.

6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.

7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!

9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.

11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.

12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.

13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.

14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.

15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.

16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.

18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)

19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.

21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie. 

22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.

25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.

26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.

27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.

28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.

29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.

30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.

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NBA Draft 2018: Jerome Robinson likes potential fit with the Wizards

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NBA Draft 2018: Jerome Robinson likes potential fit with the Wizards

With the No. 15 pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards could go any number of different ways Thursday night.

They could bolster their frontcourt and select a big man. They could draft an uber-athletic wing and move more toward positionless basketball. Or the Wizards could take a guard to help build depth in the backcourt behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Enter Jerome Robinson, a three-year player at Boston College who led the ACC in three-point percentage and was second in scoring last season. He had a private workout with the Wizards on Wednesday morning, and got the chance to showcase the skill that earned him First Team All-ACC honors during his junior season.

In Washington, Robinson has the opportunity to come in without needing to be a difference-maker right away. He'd primarily be the backup shooting guard behind Beal and could push to see some minutes at the three when the Wizards go small. Though he was the go-to guy in college, he sounded ready to play alongside two stars in Washington.

"They’ve got two All-Star caliber players at the one and the two and I can also be a contributor with those guys as well," Robinson said after his workout. "[They have] a great offense and great defense as well. Also a great coach and front office."

Robinson was the only player to work out for the Wizards on Wednesday, so showing the team what he can do on the court was easy, but it wasn't the only area that drew his focus. He didn't meet with the Wizards at the NBA Combine in Chicago, so the visit also served as an introductory meeting between Robinson and team personnel, he said.

"I’m just coming in and showing them the kind of person that I am. Talking to these guys is important," Robinson said.

Over his three years at Boston College, Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter and improved in almost every major statistical category. A 40.9 percent three-point shooter as a junior, Robinson brought his average up almost seven percentage points from his sophomore season, when he shot 33.3 percent from deep. He also boosted his field goal percentage from 42.9 to 48.5 percent and his free throw percentage from 64.3 to 83 percent.

The numbers are a testament to his dedication to his craft, but also are evidence of his grasp of the game and how he fits into it. It's one thing in particular he wanted to show the Wizards.

"Just my understanding of the game. I think that’s what’s big and I think that’s something that fits into the NBA seamlessly for me," Robinson said. "Playing the right way and showing them what kind of player I am is what I go in and try to do."

There's no telling exactly which way the Wizards will go Thursday night, but if they end up picking Robinson, there may be an early level of comfort as both he and Wall are from Raleigh, North Carolina.

"It would be awesome to play with another guy from Raleigh," Robinson said. "We’ve got that same kind of grit. You’ve seen what he’s done so far and I think it would be exciting to play with him."

From Capital One Arena, he'll travel to New York to be there for draft night. Maybe by the end of the night, he'll be walking around with a Wizards hat on his head.

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