Every year there’s that one major deal that is often talked about but never seems to happen, during today’s NBA Trade Deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t just make a deal, they made SEVERAL deals.
Cavaliers send Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their 2018 1st Round Pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. The Lakers appear to be clearing up cap space for the upcoming Free Agency Class this summer while the Cavs are trying to get younger, more athletic and also preparing for the worst if LeBron James decides to walk after this season.
They weren’t done there, in a 3-team trade they sent Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz. The Sacramento Kings received Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert and the Cleveland Cavaliers got Rodney Hood and George Hill.
Still Not done after that deal, they also traded Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat for a 2nd round pick. Wade was apparently upset over his diminished role and was sent packing back to where he’s spent the vast majority of his historic career. Cleveland got next to nothing in return and with Dion Waiters out for the season, Wade can enjoy being a focal point in the Heat’s offense just like old times.
The Orlando Magic traded Point Guard Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns for practically nothing, only getting a 2nd round pick in return for a starting Point Guard.
There were a few more less news-worthy deals made before the deadline but players like DeAndre Jordan and Tyreke Evans, two players that were almost a shoe-in to be traded ended up staying put probably because the asking price for those two were too steep for other teams to jump.