THE CAVALIERS JUST TRADED ISAIAH THOMAS, D-WADE & DERRICK ROSE IN ROSTER OVERHAUL
The Cleveland Cavaliers were not content with staying pat at the NBA trade deadline Thursday. In fact, they weren't content with making just one trade, either.
Not long after the Cavaliers traded Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers, they continued to overhaul their roster with trades which shipped out some other big names: Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose.
Wade was traded to the Miami Heat, where he and Cleveland star LeBron James won two NBA titles together, for a protected 2020 second-round pick. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavaliers worked out the deal to let Wade return to the place where he started his career.
But the pick the Cavaliers received was sent to the Kings in a three-team trade that also included Utah, Wojnarowski reported. Cleveland acquired guard George Hill from Sacramento and guard Rodney Hood from Utah.
With the trade deadline passing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Cleveland's roster looks almost nothing like it did when the day began. Deals moved so quickly that one player who's staying on the Cavaliers asked a reporter for help sorting out who his new teammates were:
Before the trades, here was the Cavaliers' full roster, with the since-traded players italicized:
Jose Calderon Jae Crowder Channing Frye Jeff Green John Holland LeBron James Kyle Korver Kevin Love Cedi Osman London Perrantes Derrick Rose Iman Shumpert JR Smith Isaiah Thomas Tristan Thompson Dwyane Wade Ante Zizic
And after the trades (new players in bold):
Jose Calderon Jordan Clarkson Jeff Green George Hill John Holland Rodney Hood LeBron James Kyle Korver Kevin Love Larry Nance Cedi Osman London Perrantes JR Smith Tristan Thompson Ante Zizic
Wade and Frye were two of the oldest players on the team, while three of the team's four acquisitions are in their mid-20s.