The last day of the trade deadline brought about many changes. The Cleveland Cavaliers completely turned over their roster and a few other teams mades moves but will any of these moves change a franchise’s future?
The short answer is yes. Here comes the long answer….
The Cavs needed to shake things up. They were on a long walk off a short pier with the LeBron-fueled drama and lack of defense. They ditched a lot of age, guys with dissenting views, and their first round pick in order to acquire George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr. That’s all fine and dandy but are they any better off? The future does look a little brighter for Cleveland but none of these transactions are going to bring LeBron back next year. The Cavs are more reliable and deeper at the Point Guard position and I can’t wait to see how Rodney Hood fits into this mix. Ultimately, the Cavs still failed by trading away Kyrie Irving, who continues to prove that he is a top-10 player in the league. The Cavs still look like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference but will be no match for whomever they meet in the NBA Finals.
The Heat gave up a 2020 2nd-round pick in order to get Dwyane Wade back. The Heat are currently 7th in the East. Wade will add depth to a team that has lost its last five games. Wade appears to be trying to rekindle old relationships in Miami. This looks like it could be the last year of his Hall of Fame career. I’m guessing the Heat didn’t make this move to be taken seriously as a contender, but to hopefully sell more tickets on the Dwyane Wade farewell tour.
I didn’t see any reports that Rodney Hood was unhappy in Utah, so I’m not entirely sure why the Jazz would participate in this trade. Sure, they got Jae Crowder, but he hasn’t looked good this past year and Rodney Hood is worth much more. The Jazz also received Derrick Rose in the deal but will be waiving him so he can, reportedly, join a contender. He’ll most likely be signed by Minnesota and rejoin his former coach Tom Thibodeau, though I’m not quite sure what he brings to the table at this point.
They ditched some bigger contracts in this deal and opened up playing time for their young talent. Not a bad idea for Sacramento, who won’t be a factor this year. Oh, they got Iman Shumpert too.
Los Angeles Lakers:
The Lakers acquired Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cavaliers 2018 first-round pick. The Lakers claim they are going to start Lonzo Ball and bring Isaiah Thomas off the bench, for whatever reason. This is an exciting move for a Lakers team who has lost almost as many games as the 76ers, who were losing intentionally, over the past four years. The Lakers won’t be making a splash this year but the addition of Isaiah is a good step in becoming relevant again, and the league is better off when the Lakers are relevant.
There were several other transactions today, but they pretty much equate to rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic, so I won’t waste your time by mentioning them.