As the NBA trade deadline came to an end, the Cleveland Cavaliers blew up not just the NBA, but their entire roster.
The Cavaliers traded seven players and a 2019 first round draft pick to the Utah Jazz, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for four players and a second round pick.
The Cavs traded Channing Frye and newly acquired 2017 NBA All-Star Isiah Thomas along with their 2019 first round pick to the L.A. Lakers for Jordan Clarkson who was averaging 14.5 ppg and 3.0 ast and Slam Dunk competitor Larry Nance Jr.
The Cavs also completed a three-team trade with the Kings and Jazz to bring Rodney Hood and George Hill to Cleveland in exchange for Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder who were sent to Utah, and Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert and a 2020 second-round pick to Sacramento.
Utah and Sacramento have stated they will release Rose and Johnson respectively. Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards have expressed interest in signing Rose after Utah waies him.
Houston Rockets and Johnson have mutual interest. Johnson said he will sign with the Rockets after a buyout from the Kings.
The new Cavs roster was tested against number one seed Boston Celtics Sunday night and completely dominated.
The new-look Cavaliers erupted for 121 points to Boston’s 99. LeBron had 24 points to go along with 10 assists leading the Cavs to a victory. New faces had great nights too. George Hill started as point guard and 12 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Are the new look Cavs an NBA Finals favorite? Or do the Celtics still look like the East favorite?
Only time will tell, but this revamped Cleveland roster is definitely better and faster than the old roster. Cleveland was in dire need of change and took every step to make the push for the seriousness towards reaching the finals for the fourth time in a row.