NBA Team Trades Away Over a Third of Its Players

LeBron James is going to have a lot of new faces around him
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James looks down in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – It was an eventful NBA trade deadline for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to say the least. LeBron James' team traded away over half its roster within the span of an hour or so Thursday. Deadspin runs down the deals: Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz, Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings, and Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat. The Cavs also offloaded two draft picks. In return, the team gets Rodney Hood from the Jazz, George Hill from the Kings, and Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers. That's a serious amount of roster churn for a team that—at least at the beginning of the season—was a favorite to return to the NBA Finals.

The big name leaving the Cavs is Thomas, who the team got in a trade with the Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving last summer, Cleveland.com reports. Thomas was a star for the Celtics last season but missed the first 36 games of this season with hip injuries and played poorly when he returned, setting career lows in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. "It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working ... This is a good opportunity for Isaiah," Thomas' agent says of the trade to the Lakers. Los Angeles fared better in the trade than Cleveland, which didn't do much to increase its championship hopes, according to CBS Sports. On the other hand, the Lakers just cleared a bunch of cap space for a likely attempt to sign James himself in the off season. (Read more Cleveland Cavaliers stories.)

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