Would we like to trade Isaiah Thomas or Jae Crowder? Why not both?!
It’s been no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have had a rocky season. The lack of chemistry brought big questions as to what the Cavaliers were going to do in terms of this year’s trade deadline.
But in a twist of events Cleveland has traded Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye to the LA Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.. In addition, Dwayne Wade is being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for the second-round draft pick and the team is bringing in point guard George Hill and Rodney Hood.
Additionally, Iman Shumpert will make his way to the Sacramento Kings and Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder will leave the Cavs for the Utah Jazz.
Thomas has remained under a lot of scrutiny since his long-standing injury. This move may give him fresh start and a chance to score without the help of LeBron James. Although, he’s not happy with the move embracing this change could be very beneficial.
Not to mention the Lakers have now opened an opportunity to go after NBA All-Stars Lebron James and Paul George.
Wade is returning to his former championship team, despite the Heat’s recent string of injuries. However, this could be a great opportunity for him to reclaim that spot as the leading scorer and potentially carry the Heat to great success. Rumor has it that he plans to retire in Miami sometime soon.
That's a lot of playing time that just opened up for the Cavs. pic.twitter.com/ZOGtC7yOQr
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 8, 2018
As for the Cavs, this young new look will work to their advantage. This was definitely the time to revamp their backcourt and bringing in Hill and Hood gives James some new talent to work with. Although, it could be interesting to see how Clarkson and J.R. Smith adapt to this new team environment.
The results of today may not bear sandy beaches for everybody, but with these strategic changes these new teams are looking good!