The day has finally come. The NBA trade deadline is here and front offices —and LeBron James— are making moves.
Just a day after James hit a buzzer beater against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavs have officially blown up their team. In a three-way deal with the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland gets Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson. The Cavs get some great guys but gave up a lot more. Iman Shumpert and Dwyane Wade are going to Miami, veteran Channing Frye and Isaiah Thomas are going to the Lakers, and Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose are going to Sacramento.
GM LeBron addressed only the Wade trade on his Instagram, saying that the Miami is finally getting their guy back.
But according to Brian Windhorst, the Cavs didn’t get a commitment from James that he’d be staying with the team past this season. So management could have potentially blown up the team and built around him for nothing. The Cavaliers may have the biggest overhaul, but other teams are making pushes as well before the playoffs hit, including New York. The Knicks are getting Emmanuel Mudlay, sending Doug McDermott to Dallas. Despite the rumors that DeAndre Jordan could get traded, the Clippers have no trades on the table for their big.
With all the trades going on with hopes of making pushes in both conferences, we know who isn’t switching up: The Warriors.