Understanding the Cavaliers Last-Minute Trades: Cleveland Trade Quick Analysis

I have not talked about the NBA since November 6th, with my post talking about the Cavaliers.  Now lets talk more about the Cavaliers, and figure out why they are doing better now that they have traded away Isaiah Thomas, and others.

What were the Trades?

The Cavaliers were having struggles.  LeBron was angry, the Cavaliers were playing bad.  And the GM decided it was time to change, and it started with Isaiah Thomas.  So he traded:

Sent: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and 2018 first round pick to the Lakers

Received: Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr.

Then, the Cavaliers participated in a three-team trade:

Sent: Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder (Jazz), Joe Johnson (great name), Iman Shumpert, and 2020 2nd round pick (Kings)

Received: George Hill, and Rodney Hood

Lastly, the Cavaliers did a favor to Dwayne Wade, who wasn’t happy with the Cavaliers:

Sent: Dwayne Wade (Miami)

Received: Projected 2nd round pick

How Has this Benefited the Cavaliers?

Now, the media has been portraying these trades as a “Jumping off-board” for the Cavaliers, and that the Cavaliers were just throwing the season away.  However, that is the exact opposite of what happened.  These trades were gutsy, and were looking towards a win now season.   Yes, they did get rid of a few big names, but they were losing badly, and the tension between LeBron, and the rest of the team was going downhill.  Something had to change, and that is what these trades did.  Thomas was not doing good, and was draining the team.  Dwayne Wade wasn’t doing much, and the players that the Cavaliers were targeted by the Cavs because they knew that it would give the team better options, and relieve the locker room tension.

Rodney Hood is a good wing scorer, who can shoot deep very efficiently.  Hill gives the Cavs a solid Point Guard.  Hill has dipped a little this season, but if he can regain to his normal form, he will be a big plus for the Cavaliers.  Clarkson is another more reliable guard for the Cavliers, and Larry Nance Jr. is a replacement forward for the Cavs, while Kevin Love is out with an injury.

These trades benefited the Cavaliers, not specifically for the future, but filled the holes the Cavaliers had in the here and now.  So that is what I think, SR Nation.  But what do you think?  But your thoughts/opinions in the comment section below, or hit me up on Twitter: @Mister_Bassett.  And remember, be the best Sports Fan you can possibly be, and do WLYF!

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