Unless you have been living under a rock, you’re more than aware about the drama that went around the NBA this afternoon as the teams approached their February trade deadline. While many teams made a couple of moves here and there, one team which managed to grab all eyeballs were the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Cavs struggling defensively since the start of the season and amidst the locker room drama, all eyes were laid on Cavs GM Koby Altman to pull the Cavs out of this misery. But what came next, even the greatest analysts out there could not have predicted. Koby went on to trade six players on the roster in exchange for four, not necessarily better but younger players.
The first trade of the afternoon announced Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and Cavs own 2018 First-round draft pick going to the Lakers for high-scoring Sixth man Jordan Clarkson and athletic forward Larry Nance Jr. The second deal that surfaced on Thursday was a doozy: a reported three-team transaction in which Cleveland acquired Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood and Sacramento Kings guard George Hill. The Cavaliers gave up Iman Shumpert (to Sacramento), Jae Crowder (to Utah), Derrick Rose (to Utah) and a second-round pick (to the Miami Heat) in the trade. The third and final trade sent Lebrons best friend Dwyane Wade back to his home team in Miami in exchange for a 2024 heavily protected 2nd round pick. To their credit, the Cavaliers made this move to appease Wade as much as to help themselves.
To round it all up, the Cavs now have a completely new roster halfway into the season. The Cavs could go in either direction from here : They will either go into Celtics mode, showing exceptional chemistry, winning games after games or they will follow the footsteps of the thunder and become worse then they previously were. Either way, the chances of them beating the Warriors remains extremely thin.