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Cleveland Cavaliers Turn Roster Upside Down at Trade Deadline

The Cavs have almost half a new team after Thursday’s shenanigans.

First, they traded away Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a protected 1st round pick to the LA Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. Clarkson is a young, quality starter who can pass and score with ease, but has some struggles on the defensive end. He is signed for the next two years at a not so cap friendly $13 million a year. Nance, on the other hand, is a show-stopping dunker, who can awe crowds with his posterizing slams.  Just ask Brook Lopez or Kevin Durant. If you haven’t seen him, wait until you see him in the dunk contest next weekend.

They weren’t done yet, no, not even close. Rodney Hood is coming to Cleveland from Utah, and George Hill is coming from Sacramento. Rodney Hood has a $3.5 million qualifying offer next season, and George Hill is under a partially guaranteed contract for the next two season. The Kings will get Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert and a 2020 second round pick from Miami, while the Jazz will get Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose.

Finally, they traded Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat for a heavily protected second round pick.

To sum up….

The Cavs lost: Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose,
Dwyane Wade, and protected 1st round pick

The Cavs got: Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, Jr., Rodney Hood, and George Hill.

Every single player the Cavaliers got in this trade is signed through at least next year (or has qualifying offers). Not bad new Cavs GM, Koby Altman. Not bad at all.

The only question left to answer is, can the Cavaliers get everyone in sync in time for another playoff push? Who knows, but it will definitely be fun to watch it all unfold.

NBA Free Agency 2017: Team Additions & Losses

These are what all 30 NBA teams gained or lost during the Draft & Free Agency. I tried to include only free agents that project to be relevant in the coming NBA season (rookies are italicized).

  • Atlanta Hawks
    • Additions: John Collins, Tyler Dorsey, Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli
    • Losses: Dwight Howard, Tim Hardaway Jr., Paul Millsap, Jose Calderon, Thabo Sefalosha
  • Boston Celtics
    • Additions: Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, Shane Larkin
    • Losses: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, Tyler Zeller
  • Brooklyn Nets
    • Additions: Timofey Mosgov, D’Angelo Russell, DeMarre Carroll, Tyler Zeller, Jarrett Allen, Aleksandar Vezenkov
    • Losses: Brook Lopez, Justin Hamilton
  • Charlotte Hornets
    • Additions: Dwight Howard, Michael Carter-Williams, Malik Monk
    • Losses: Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli
  • Chicago Bulls
    • Additions: Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Justin Holiday
    • Losses: Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter-Williams
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
    • Additions: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Cedi Osman
    • Losses: Kyrie Irving, Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut, Richard Jefferson
  • Dallas Mavericks
    • Additions: Dennis Smith Jr., Josh McRoberts, Jeff Withey
    • Losses:
  • Denver Nuggets
    • Additions: Paul Millsap, Richard Jefferson Tyler Lydon, Vlatko Cancar, Monte Morris
    • Losses: Danilo Gallinari, Roy Hibbert, Mike Miller
  • Detroit Pistons
    • Additions: Avery Bradley, Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard
    • Losses: Marcus Morris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Golden State Warriors
    • Additions: Nick Young, Omri Casspi, Jordan Bell, Chris Boucher
    • Losses: Ian Clark
  • Houston Rockets
    • Additions: Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, Troy Williams, Zhou Qi, Isaiah Hartenstein, Cameron Oliver
    • Losses: Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker
  • Indiana Pacers
    • Additions: Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Cory Joseph, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu, Edmond Sumner
    • Losses: Paul George, CJ Miles, Monta Ellis, Jeff Teague
  • Los Angeles Clippers
    • Additions: Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari, Sam Dekker, Willie Reed, Milos Teodosic, Jawun Evans, Sindarius Thornwell, Isaiah Hicks
    • Losses: Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton, JJ Reddick
  • Los Angeles Lakers
    • Additions: Lonzo Ball, Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant, PJ Dozier
    • Losses: D’Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov, Nick Young
  • Memphis Grizzlies
    • Additions: Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Ivan Rabb, Dillon Brooks, Kobi Simmons
    • Losses: Vince Carter, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen
  • Miami Heat
    • Additions: Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo, London Perrantes
    • Losses: Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts, Willie Reed
  • Milwaukee Bucks
    • Additions: DJ Wilson, Sterling Brown, Bronson Koenig
    • Losses: Michael Beasley
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Additions: Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague, Justin Patton, VJ Beachem, Charles Cooke
    • Losses: Kris Dunn, Zach Lavine, Omri Casspi, Shabazz Muhammad
  • New Orleans Pelicans
    • Additions: Rajon Rondo, Ian Clark, Tony Allen, Frank Jackson, Dwayne Bacon, Peter Jok
    • Losses:
  • New York Knicks
    • Additions: Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Michael Beasley, Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson, Ognjen Jaramaz, Nigel Hayes
    • Losses: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Additions: Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Patrick Patterson, Terrance Ferguson
    • Losses: Victor Oladipo, Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Domantas Sabonis, Taj Gibson
  • Orlando Magic
    • Additions: Jonathon Simmons, Arron Affalo, Shelvin Mack, Jonathan Isaac, Wesley Iwundu, Derrick Walton Jr.
    • Losses: Jeff Green
  • Philadelphia 76ers
    • Additions: Markelle Fultz, JJ Reddick, Amir Johnson, Anzejs Pasecniks, Jonah Bolden, Mathias Lessort, James Blackmon Jr., Melo Trimble, Isaiah Briscoe
    • Losses: Gerald Henderson
  • Phoenix Suns
    • Additions: Josh Jackson, Davon Reed, Alec Peters
    • Losses: Leandro Barbosa
  • Portland Trail Blazers
    • Additions: Zach Collins, Caleb Swanigan
    • Losses:
  • Sacramento Kings
    • Additions: De’Aaron Fox, Vince Carter, Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles, Frank Mason III
    • Losses: Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, Rudy Gay, Arron Affalo, Darren Collison, Langston Galloway
  • San Antonio Spurs
    • Additions: Rudy Gay, Derrick White, Jaron Blossomgame
    • Losses: Jonathon Simmons
  • Toronto Raptors
    • Additions: Justin Hamilton, CJ Miles, OG Anunoby, Kennedy Meeks
    • Losses: DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson, Cory Joseph, PJ Tucker
  • Utah Jazz
    • Additions: Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefalosha, Jonas Jerebko, Donovan Mitchell, Tony Bradley, Nigel Williams-Goss
    • Losses: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, Jeff Withey
  • Washington Wizards
    • Additions: Marcus Keene, Devin Robinson
    • Losses: Bojan Bogdanovic

2017 NBA Finals Snap Judgment

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals 129-120, for their second championship in three years. This series featured an amazing amount of star power, including three of the best players in the NBA. Several aspects of the NBA are affected by this outcome, and it may change how the future of the NBA will look.

Warriors: From the outside, this team looks as if they could stay together for a long time to run the West. However, there are only three contributing players that have guaranteed contracts next year: Draymond, Klay, and McCaw. Durant has a contract for next year, but there is a player option in which he could decline it. Curry is an unrestricted free agent and has the freedom to sign with anyone. While it would be surprising to see Curry or Durant go anywhere, expect to see several different role players on the 2017-2018 Warriors. Also, Steve Kerr’s health will be a big deciding factor whether or not he is the head coach next year.

Cavaliers: The Cavs, on the other handhave guaranteed contracts with 7 of 9 contributing players. They are locked into their core, much to do with Lebron’s influence on the front office. Barring a trade, which is very likely, the Cavs roster will look eerily similar, just one year older. Ty Lue seemed to be outmatched in the coaching battle in the Finals this year, so don’t be surprised if Lebron has a new coach for the 2017-2018 season.

Lebron: Lebron is now 3-5 in the Finals. He saved face by not getting swept, but all G.O.A.T. discussions have been stopped in their tracks. While this Finals outcome may not have hurt his legacy, it definitely did not help it. Lebron seemed nonchalant throughout a good portion of the Finals, almost as if he had given in that the Cavs were not going to win. He had great series stats (averaging a triple double), but actually watching him was frustrating at times. From not stopping the ball on Warriors’ fast breaks to taking covered 3s with plenty of time left on the shot clock so as to not exert energy for that play, Lebron seemed content with losing this series. He seemed almost giddy to welcome Durant back to the Finals before game one, and to wish Kerr well before game two. He really didn’t seem locked in, and that is an ominous look for Cavs fans when Lebron can exercise his own player option after next season.

Durant: Durant was the Finals MVP, and no one in their right mind would question that. He played an unbelievable series, on both sides of the ball. Did he join a 73 win team to get a ring? Yes, but he was also the best player on that team. Would it have been more impressive to win a championship in OKC? Yes, but KD did not back his way into this championship, he went out and took it. 16-1 in the playoffs is nothing to laugh at. KD  could exercise his player option, take less money, and allow the Warriors more cap flexibility to sign Steph and role players. He could also, however unlikely this may sound, exercise his player option to leave the Warriors. For now, KD will enjoy his championship and leave those decisions to July.

Steph: Steph still does not have a Finals MVP, but it is obvious he is as important a piece to these championship teams as anyone else, if not more. Steph is an unrestricted free agent, but him leaving the Warriors for another team would be one of the most surprising decisions in NBA history. He was drafted by the Warriors in 2009, and became the franchise player shortly thereafter. Steph is still the best shooter that has ever lived, but next on his list has to be a Finals MVP trophy.

NBA: The stacked class for this year’s Draft and the abundance of players available in free agency will change the look of the league, but Adam Silver better hope for more competition. While seeing the Warriors and Cavs duke it out for three straight Finals has been entertaining, fans may check out if the playoffs are foregone conclusions with no parity. The Cavs may not have been the number one seed, but going 12-1 in the East is nothing short of a snoozefest. Missing Kawhi for the West Finals hurt the competitiveness of the Spurs, but the Warriors were undefeated through the first 15 games of the playoffs.

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