The Cleveland Cavaliers blew up their entire roster beyond belief ahead of the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon.
In the span of a little more than an hour, the Cavs traded six players and a first-round pick to four teams in three separate deals for four new players. They weren’t playing around with all the drama inside and out of the locker room in the past few weeks.
When the dust settled, the Cavaliers added George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, and their own 2018 first-round pick.
The Cavs made all the moves they deemed necessary to stay competitive in the playoffs while they still have LeBron James on the roster. Of course, they also have motives to keep James happy enough to stay in Cleveland after his contract expires this summer.
Let’s review what the heck happened in one of the wildest trade deadlines for a single team ever.
The Cavs barely look like the same team any more. pic.twitter.com/679qB2WOSx
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