I have spent my last few days waiting for the other shoe to drop in the standoff that has been the MLB Hot Stove season. Just when I thought we were gonna get some good action, the NBA steps up and just explodes everything. Why? Because LeBron James just fired everyone on the Cavs.
After an interesting offseason that including shipping Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and adding the services fo Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose, the Cleaveland Cavaliers have been less than spectacular on the court. The Cavs are in the very unfamiliar place of third.
That’s right. The Cleveland Cavaliers just blew up their lineup like the Miami Marlins, because they are third in the Eastern Conference. It’s much more than that, to be fair. The chemistry was never there, and it seemed that Kyrie Irving might have been the glue holding them together. Kyrie is going absolutely ballistic on the Celtics, who hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
So what did the Cavs get and what did they give up?
- Isaiah Thomas
- Dwyane Wade
- Derrick Rose
- Jae Crowder
- Iman Shumpert
- Channing Frye
- 2018 first-round pick
- Jordan Clarkson
- Larry Nance Jr.
- Rodney Hood
- George Hill
- Miami’s heavily protected second-round pick (year unknown)
That’s a lot. That’s a full-blown rebrand, restock, retry, reset for the Cavs. A full third of their roster is being shipped out, and 40% of their starting lineup is heading out the door. This is some “put your money where your mouth is” trade deadline movement.
There’s a lot to like about what this move means for the Cavs moving forward. If the Cavs are willing to give up that much for a chance at getting back to the finals, then let’s go. Larry Nance, Jr. and Jordan Clarkson have both had fine seasons for the Lakers and will no doubt take advantage of the extra playing time. George Hil and Rodney Hood are the sneaky parts of this deal.
I’ve been following Hill since I saw him play as a Pacer and he’s always been a Point Guard who flourishes when he has a solid Small Forward on his side. Paul George in Indy, Gordon Hayward in Utah, and now he’ll have LeBron James in Cleveland. This is the move. This is the underrated deal.
Does this mean the Cavs are a better team?
It’s too early to tell. It’s a full reset and you’re gonna need to give it time to breathe. However, if there’s one thing you can say about the Cavs first half, it’s this: whatever the plan was, it didn’t work.
So now we’re on to the new 2018 Cavaliers. Buckle up, Y’all. Things are about to get interesting.