The Cleveland Cavaliers bolstered their squad this offseason so that they could compete at an even higher level and have a better chance of taking down their rival, the Golden State Warriors. With acquisitions like Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, it looked like the Cavs obtained some key pieces in bettering their team.
About four months into the season, Cleveland seemed to be struggling and rumors appeared that Lebron might depart from the Cavaliers after this season’s end. The front office knew they had to make moves to satisfy their King, and boy does Cleveland look different after this trade deadline.
At the end of the day the Cavaliers ended up with George Hill from the Kings. Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance from the Lakers. As well as a 2024 protected 2nd round pick from the Miami Heat.
In attaining these players they lost Dwyane Wade who was sent back to Miami for virtually nothing. Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye, their 2018 first round pick and a 2020 2nd round pick from Miami.
Its interesting that they gave up a lot of the pieces they obtained this summer to build a stronger team and better supporting cast. Since it didn’t seem like it was working and Cleveland had to make Lebron happy as well as plan for his departure, they went with a younger look.
All of these names the Cavs gave up sound appeasing to the ear but a lot of them aren’t in their prime anymore and are becoming washed up former all stars. Their defense suffered as well due to these aging player plus the size of their point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Sure the names they received in return are not all stars, but they are still good players. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood can score and shoot very well, Hill provides an excellent veteran guard who played on those winning Pacers teams. While Nance is a young athletic talent who plays overall pretty well.
Hopefully this trade works out best for Cleveland. They took what wasn’t working and traded it in for what they think might work. Personally, I think it is a good move as well. It gives them a younger look with players who can play well on both sides of the ball.
Even if Lebron does depart for somewhere else next season, at least now they have younger pieces they can build around in case of that catastrophic event. Overall I would give the Cavaliers a B+ on their trade deadline. Now its time to see how it all works out.