Cav’s “Active” at the Trade Deadline

Chris Pagano, Staff Writer

Coming into the 2017/2018 season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to once again be atop of the Eastern Conference and make a return to the finals. The team had a busy offseason with highlighted moves such as the trade with Boston that brought them Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the coveted Brooklyn first round pick (for Kyrie Irving), as well as the signings of Dwayne Wade and Jeff Green. But surprisingly enough, the Cleveland Cavaliers currently sit third in the Eastern Conference and are seven games back of the first place Boston Celtics. This rough first half of the season is mainly due to lacks of effort on defense, and a shaky team chemistry.


Heading into the February eighth NBA trade deadline, the Cav’s were pressed to be active with intentions of assuring LeBron James’s return to the team next season. When the deadline came, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not disappoint, and may have made the chances of resigning LeBron in the offseason much more likely. Their first trade might have been the most surprising as they traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own first round pick in the 2018 draft, to the Los Angeles Lakers for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. Very quickly after that, a three team trade was completed. Cleveland received Rodney Hood (from Utah) and George Hill (From Sacramento), Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder (both from Cleveland) were sent to the Jazz, and the Sacramento Kings got Joe Johnson (from Utah), Iman Shumpert and a 2nd round pick (both from Cleveland). The Cavs last deal was shocking, but respectable. Dwayne Wade goes back down to South Beach in a trade that sent a 2nd round pick from the Heat to the Cavs for Dwyane Wade. All in all the Cavs traded Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Dwayne Wade, a 1st and 2nd round pick. And from this they got George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, and Rodney Hood, and a second round pick.

Left- Jae Crowder, Middle – Isaiah Thomas, Right – Ante Zicic

There are many takeaways from this huge deadline splash, but here are the most important.

  1. The Cavs made trades that will benefit their future, with or without LeBron. They got younger, more versatile defensively, and shed salary all at the same time.
  2. The Los Angeles Lakers now have the potential to become the NBA’s next superteam. As the offseason comes around with upcoming free agents like Paul George and LeBron James, many teams are going to be active in trying to sign one of them. But by shedding salary in their trade with the Cavs at the deadline, the Lakers cleared enough money to sign two max contracts, making it possible to sign both LeBron James and Paul George.


It is unclear now if the Cleveland Cavaliers got better or not from these moves, but with a recent 121-99 victory over Eastern Conference rival Boston Celtics, there is reason to believe this could have been exactly what the team needed to propel another NBA finals appearance.

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