What a Day

Today the NBA Trade Deadline did not disappoint. The Cavs cleaned house.

It all started with a major deal that sent Isaiah Thomas,Channing Frye and a draft pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

After that, the trades came gunning. Dwyane Wade was traded to the Heat for a second-round pick. Then, a three team deal went down where the Cavs sent Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert to the Kings. The Kings also acquired Joe Johnson, who many contending teams are interested in signing if he’s bought out.

The Knicks sent Doug McDermott to the Mavericks in a three team deal and acquired Emmanuel Mudiay while the Nuggets got Devin Harris. Elfrid Payton was sent to the Suns for a second round pick.

Winners:

Cavs: The Cavs got way younger with this deal and they managed to hold onto the Brooklyn Pick. They managed to gain a lot of depth through this deal. They essentially gained about two years on the rebuild they are going to go through if LeBron leaves this summer.  Huge day for the Cavs.

Knicks: The Knicks made a great move by acquiring Emmanuel Mudiay. He has struggled in Denver but remember, he was the 7 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Hopefully he fits well with the Knicks who need a point guard. The next move is for them to waive Jarrett Jack and Joakim Noah. Do it now…

Lakers: Despite gaining Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, the Lakers just cleared enough space to sign two max free agents. I have a feeling Isaiah Thomas will be bought out by the Lakers. He wants to start, and the Lakers don’t want to start him. That’s a problem.

Suns: The Suns just fixed their point guard situation after acquiring Elfrid Payton for a second round pick. What a steal.

Heat: They gained a veteran guard in Dwyane Wade to help make a playoff push, great move.

Losers

Magic: The Magic just got robbed by the Suns for Elfrid Payton after only getting a second round pick.

Kings: They got rid of George Hill’s massive contract, but they got Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert who combined are 22 million dollars this year. Yikes.

Nuggets: The Nuggets traded Emmanuel Mudiay for Devin Harris. Bad move for the Nuggets.

Ethan Carter