It was a busy day today as many teams around the league were making trades before the NBA trade deadline. Some teams made big moves while others just simply moved small pieces for draft picks or other role players. It was an NBA fan’s dream with how many exciting trades were going down. With that said, let’s get into recapping some big trades that went down today at the deadline!
CAVS CLEAN HOUSE. LAKERS GET CAP SPACE.
Cavs get: Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr.
Lakers get: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Cavs 2018 1st round pick
Probably the biggest trade of the day was the Cavs moving Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance. The Cavs were clearly having chemistry issues with Thomas but regardless, I did not expect him to get moved at the deadline. In my opinion, this was a great trade for both teams. For the Cavs, they get two solid young guys and they are able to part ways with Thomas and (hopefully) stop their downward spiral. Nance and Clarkson will add youth to the roster and Nance is one of the most athletic players in the league. This move will also improve their defense which has been the main struggle of their team these past few months. That is exactly what their team needed and it is a great addition at the deadline. For the Lakers, they get to add shooting in Channing Frye and a decent pick in the first rounder from Cleveland. Last year the Lakers found Kuzma late in the first round so I’m sure they think that they can get another good player this year. The Lakers also added Isaiah Thomas who, even though he hasn’t been great yet this season, has been a star in the past. If he returns to last year’s form, watch out. The Lakers cleared up a ton of cap space and now have the ability to max TWO players this summer in free agency. Things are looking good for them since they have been wanting to sign Paul George and Lebron James.
CAVS MAKE MORE MOVES
Cavs get: George Hill, Rodney Hood
Jazz get: Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose
Kings get: Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert
The Cavs made yet another move after the Isaiah Thomas trade. The Cavs will be reuniting George Hill and Rodney Hood who played together in Utah just a year ago. Hood will add great scoring off the bench and the two guards will help the Cavaliers improve their defense. These pickups are a huge upgrade from Shumpert, Rose, and the underperforming Crowder. For the Jazz, they get a good defender in Crowder and will reportedly waive Derrick Rose. The Kings will continue their rebuild and get rid of Hill to give their young guys more time. They get Shumpert for the bench and they will reportedly waive Joe Johnson who will look to go to a contending team.
WADE RETURNS TO MIAMI
Heat get: Dwyane Wade
Cavs get: Future 2nd round pick
Dwyane Wade will return to Miami to finish his career in a Heat uniform. I love this trade for Wade and I can’t wait to see him in the Miami Vice uniform. The Heat are in the fight for the playoffs and Wade should be able to bring veteran leadership and experience to this team. Welcome home D-Wade!
KNICKS GO LOW RISK POSSIBLY HIGH REWARD
Knicks get: Emmanuel Mudiay
Nuggets get: Devin Harris, 2nd round pick
Mavericks get: Doug McDermott
The Knicks had inquired about Elfrid Payton but instead decided to go with the young Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay has been disappointing so far in his career but the Knicks believe he has potential and go ahead and add them to their young core of guards. They didn’t give up much in McDermott so if it doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world. Low risk here for young potential at the point guard position.
MAGIC DEAL PAYTON FOR A LOW PRICE
Suns get: Elfrid Payton
Magic get: 2nd round pick
I was not surprised that Elfrid Payton was traded but, what did surprise me, is what he went for. Payton was dealt to the Suns for only a 2nd round pick. A small price to pay for a decent young player that will add much-needed depth to the Suns backcourt. Currently, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis are struggling with injury so this is a much-needed addition. Phoenix comes out with a nice young player and the Magic get something in return for Payton before his contract expires.