CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers reshaped their entire roster in the span of an hour Thursday, mere hours before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
General manager Kobe Altman made 3 trades that included a total of 10 players and 3 draft picks between the parties involved.
After shipping Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers along with their 2018 first round pick for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, the team pulled off a 3-team trade with Utah and Sacramento that netted them George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz.
“Rodney and George bring passion and strength every game with a strong mix of toughness and ability to play all aspects of the game,” Altman said. “George is a great veteran fit with our group as he can play well on and off the ball and is a true two way player. Rodney is a talented, young competitor with great size at his position that can score in many ways and defend.”
In the 3-way deal Utah also sent Joe Johnson to Sacramento. Cleveland sent Jae Crowder, Derek Rose and the right to swap second round picks in 2024 to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert, the draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis plus a 2020 second-round pick via Miami to the Kings. Cleveland has also received the draft rights to Arturas Gudaitis from Sacramento.
“We thank Iman, Derrick and Jae for their effort and time here,” Altman said. “Especially Iman, who also leaves as a champion and was another part of a special group that earned success at the highest level here. We thank Shump greatly for his contributions and wish he and his family all the best as their basketball and life journey continue.”
The Cavs then traded Dwyane Wade to Miami for a protected 2024 second-round pick. The deal also created a $1.5 million trade exception for Altman and the Cavs.
“We would like to thank Dwyane for everything he brought to this team and to the Cleveland community during his time in Northeast Ohio,” Altman said. “A definite Hall of Famer when his playing career is complete, his basketball legacy is cemented by how he carries himself both on and off the floor. His work ethic and commitment to the game of basketball with such an illustrious career was greatly respected by his Cavs teammates and everyone in our front office. We wish Dwyane nothing but the best in his return to Miami, where he established himself as one the NBA’s all-time elite players.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trades.
To recap, the Cavs acquired Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, George Hill, a protected 2024 second-round draft pick, created a $1.5 million trade exception and dealt Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2020 second round pick (via Miami) on Thursday.