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.
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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:
Here is the Cavaliers' roster AFTER the trade deadline:
CAVALIERS ROSTER AS OF THURSDAY 2/8/18
Larry Nance Jr.