Less than 24 hours after an overtime win over the Timberwolves, the Cavs blew up their underperforming roster with a series of trade deadline deals that caught most in the NBA by surprise. Even after LeBron hit the game-winning fadeaway last night, Isaiah Thomas was awkwardly left out of the team celebration and the bad vibes were apparent. Today Thomas is headed out of town.
Cavs- “LeBron we will trade Isaiah if you make this shot”
LeBron: “Say no more”pic.twitter.com/xtnII7s1Xi
— Davie〽️ (@_SayHeyKid) February 8, 2018
The Cavs blew up most of their roster with a series of deadline moves, including sending Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their own first round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Larry Nance, Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. Thomas only played in 15 games for Cleveland and had fallen out of favor with the locker room according to a constant flow of leaks. Thomas has an expiring contract, which frees up additional money for the Lakers to pursue free agents in 2018 or 19.
News of the Lakers deal was barely in the timeline before a three-team deal between the Cavs, Sacramento and Utah was announced in which Cleveland receives Rodney Hood and George Hill; the Jazz take on Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder; and the Kings end up with Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert.
To cap things off, Cleveland agreed to a deal Dwyane Wade to Miami for a curtain call homecoming with the franchise he led to to 3 titles. LeBron posted a message to his departed BFF on Instagram.
From Cleveland’s perspective, none of the deals are blockbusters, but it injects youth and athleticism into a roster that has looked old and lathargic for the last two months. GM Koby Altman deserves credit for doing pulling off a roster overhaul instead of staying pat with a trainwreck roster and a bad locker room.