Cavaliers Dominate Trade Deadline by Overhauling Roster

Jason Lake

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

The Cleveland Cavaliers did a complete remodel at Thursday’s trade deadline. It should help them beat the NBA odds and maybe even win the title back – but what then?

As we speak, the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting raked over the coals for the deals they made at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. It’s hard to argue; the Cavaliers paid a hefty price for what they bought. But they also got rid of their worst players. In the short term – and that’s all that matters in Cleveland this year – the Cavs made themselves a much better team.

There was some other wheeling and dealing around the league, including the Orlando Magic dumping PG Elfrid Payton on the Phoenix Suns for a second-round pick. Forget all that for now: Let’s see how Cleveland’s reverse fire-sale will impact the NBA odds going forwards.

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The Cavs trading 6 players ties for the most players dealt by one team on trade deadline day over the past 30 yrs, according to @ESPNStatsInfo. The last time a team shipped off 6 players at the trade deadline: 2008. Also the Cavs, trying to bolster a LeBron James-led roster.

— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) February 8, 2018

Extinction Burst

Cleveland made three different trades Thursday involving four other teams. It’s a bit complicated, so let’s just tell you who’s in and who’s out:

In: PG George Hill, PG Jordan Clarkson, SG Rodney Hood, PF Larry Nance Jr.
Out: PG Isaiah Thomas, PG Derrick Rose, SG Dwyane Wade, SG Iman Shumpert, PF Jae Crowder, PF Channing Frye

This is some fantastic work for a team that’s hell-bent on winning one more title before LeBron James packs his bags. It addresses both of Cleveland’s most pressing issues. First, it gets rid of Thomas (minus-5.9 BPM) and Rose (minus-7.8 BPM), and puts Hill (minus-0.6 BPM) and Clarkson (minus-1.0 BPM) at point guard. Second, it brings in Nance (plus-3.6 BPM) to replace the injured Kevin Love (plus-1.0 BPM) at power forward. Upgrades all around.

Well, almost. They sent Wade (minus-1.3 BPM) back to the Miami Heat to live out the rest of his days, which was a lovely gesture. Hood (minus-1.9 BPM) is the better offensive player right now and can handle more workload, but Wade (plus-0.4 DBPM) and Shumpert (plus-0.1 DBPM) were the only Cavaliers aside from LeBron (plus-2.0 DBPM) to put up positive numbers on defense this year. Still, this roster shuffle puts Cleveland in a much better position to win the title, and with all the negativity surrounding these deals – again, not unwarranted – maybe the Cavs finally have some value as an NBA pick. They can’t get much worse at 31-22 SU and (gulp) 15-37-1 ATS.

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