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Thoughts After The Trade Deadline – 2017-2018 NBA Season

Thoughts After The Trade Deadline –

2017-2018 NBA Season

By James Bell


This season started out with transactions left and right as key players changed teams including Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and Paul George to the Thunder. Chris Paul was a big addition to the Houston Rockets as they were able to acquire him via trade with the Clippers. These acquisitions have sparked these teams as the Celtics and Rockets are among the best teams in the NBA and the Thunder are starting to make a run for the top tier of the Western Conference going into the All-Star break.

A couple weeks before the trade deadline, the Detroit Pistons were able to get a big trade as Blake Griffin joined the team for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and draft picks. As of now, the trade has gone well for the Pistons as they have won every game since the acquisition was made. Now we have gone through the end of the trading period for the 2017-2018 season, and there are a few key moves that will be broken down here. Yes, a lot of it comes from one particular team.

Lakers acquire Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the first round pick from the Cavaliers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

This was the biggest news from what came up before the trade deadline. The Cavaliers let go of Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers to get Clarkson and Nance to be part of the large overhaul of the Cavaliers roster. Thomas was an offseason acquisition from Boston as he was part of a deal for Kyrie Irving, but he had not been cleared to play until January 2nd. The Cavaliers were 24-12 when he played his first game in Cleveland. Their record since then? 7-10. They allowed over 100 points in 13 of those games and the chemistry that they had in November and most of December seemed to disappear in January. The thought is that Thomas has been a setback in the roster on the court and off the court, and so he was traded to the Lakers and it will be the fifth team that he will be a part of in his seven seasons in the NBA. Channing Frye was an additional piece to add to the trade as he is in the tail end of his career.

On the flip side, the Lakers give up two young guys in Clarkson and Nance for two players that may not be part of the team at the end of the season. Their plan is to clear up cap space for the 2018-2019 offseason to try to go after key free agents that will be available in the off-season *coughs* LeBron James *coughs* and look to become a contender in the near future. They also get a first round pick from the Cavaliers, but it is not the pick that is from the Brooklyn Nets. Most likely it will be a late pick in the first round. Clarkson and Nance are part of a change in the Cavaliers roster that makes them younger and quicker on both sides of the floor.

Jazz acquire Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder, the Kings get Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert, and a second round pick in 2020 and the Cavaliers get Rodney Hood and George Hill

Part 2 of the movements by the Cavaliers include Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, and Jae Crowder departing the team while they get Rodney Hood and George Hill. As part of this deal, Joe Johnson goes to the Kings to join Shumpert and Rose and Crowder (who were acquired by Cleveland in the offseason) go to the Jazz. Hill may fit with the offense of the Cavs as he leads the league in three point percentage and could also help on defense in the backcourt. Hood was having his best season in Utah averaging nearly 17 points per game and that is needed at the shooting guard position in Cleveland. With the addition of Clarkson and Nance this may give a boost to the offense and will be part of the second half run towards the playoffs.

The Kings get veteran Joe Johnson from Utah and Iman Shumpert from Cleveland. Johnson had a great run in Atlanta from 2005 to 2013, but since then his production has gone down and is not shooting well at all from three-point land this season. Shumpert has been limited this season as he has played only 14 games this year while dealing with a left foot injury. Sacramento is among the worst teams in the league this year and I’m not certain that this will get them further away from getting a top-5 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Utah is a few games out from the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and letting go of Rodney Hood for Rose and Crowder may affect their chances. Crowder adds depth to their front-court, but with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert there at center and power forward plus Jonas Jerebko getting a lot of minutes with the team it will be difficult for Crowder to fit in to that part of the rotation. Rose had been on and off the Cavs roster over the course of the season, and Utah already has three point guards on the roster with Rubio starting and all of them younger than Rose. It looks like Rose may have a limited role on this team to say the least, and don’t be surprised if he is not a member of this team by the end of the season.

Cavaliers trade Dwyane Wade to the Heat for a second round pick

The last move made by the Cavaliers is also a surprise as Wade goes back to the Heat to finish the season and likely his career for a second round pick. He had been doing okay off the bench for the Cavs averaging 11 points per game but the front office made the overall decision to get younger at the guard position, which led to them getting Hood, Hill, and Clarkson. The Heat give up a second round pick which may not seem to be much right now and they get a veteran to return to the team that could try to improve their position in the Eastern Conference and also the Southeast Division as they are two games back from the top spot with the Washington Wizards currently at first place.

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