Author: Paolo Polecina
Today had been a busy one for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they attempted to revamp the roster by trading Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 1st-round NBA Draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
For many, this was considered as a shocker due to the fact a few days earlier the Cavaliers expressed their interest in L.A. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. This trade between Cleveland and L.A. provided financial relief for the Lakers. Since they traded away Clarkson and Nance Jr., they now have two max contracts for 2018 or 2019. It will be interesting to see which soon-to-be FA’s will sign with Lake Show for this upcoming offseason. For the Cavs, their aim is on providing youthful energy to the team that struggled throughout this season.
The Flash is back in Florida, as Cleveland traded Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat. In return, Miami delivered a protected 2020 2nd-round NBA Draft pick to the Cavs. This was an opportunity for Wade to finish off his Hall of Fame career with the Heat. His fans around the world are very excited to see him rep the white and red again.
Lastly, Cleveland had serious talks with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings via a three-team deal. The Cavs traded Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert to the Kings, while Utah sent Rodney Hood to Cleveland and Joe Johnson to the Kings. Sacramento shipped George Hill to Cleveland.
With all of these moves that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made, they are hoping to once again win the Eastern Conference and compete in June for the 2018 NBA Finals.