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The Cavs just blew up their roster. Entire updated recap

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Notice how the only person in the picture above is LeBron James…that’s because the Cavs basically just traded their ENTIRE roster at the deadline, and it doesn’t even look like they are done yet.


Even Adrian Wojnarowski is having a tough time following the madness. Koby Altman, in his first year as a general manager, is making some serious power moves. Either LeBron is definitely leaving next year, or Altman is convincing LeBron to stay by showing his dedication to the team’s success. Dan Gilbert absolutely has a call on some of these trades too – he’s not only looking at this season but future seasons as well.

It started out with the Cavs dealing away Isaiah Thomas, a piece of their blockbuster trade with the Celtics in the preseason, as well as Channing Frye and a protected first round pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. of the Lakers.


Just when the news broke of the IT and Frye trade, the Cavs dropped ANOTHER massive roster transaction on us. Less than an hour later. It’s tough keeping up with the madness of one trade already.

THEN the Cavs send LeBron’s best friend in the league to his former team. Dwyane Wade is most likely going to be a hall of famer in a Heat jersey, and for him to finish his career there makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is that if they want to resign LeBron, they probably should have consulted with him on this. Dropping bombs on the most valuable all around player in the league isn’t always the best move.

But wait, we’re not done again. Remember that three team trade from before? It actually wasn’t entirely done yet. The pick from the Dwyane Wade trade was immediately flipped and sent as further compensation to the Kings in that 3-team deal.


Just to recap, let’s go over who gets what.

Cavs add:
George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, and a “heavily-protected” second round Miami pick.

Kings add:
Iman Shumpert, Joe Johnson, and a 2020 second-round Miami pick.

Jazz add:
Jae Crowder, Derek Rose

Miami add:
Dwyane Wade

Lakers add:
Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 protected Cavs first round pick.



So in less than an hour and a half, the Cavs added Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and a second round pick, while trading away: Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, and Jae Crowder. My head hurts.

Connor Dolan
Connor is co-founder of First And Fan and head of all website operations. He's a die hard Boston sports fan with a passion for sports, media, and all things David Ortiz.