Name us a more exciting trade deadline period in any sport that exceeds what we all just witnessed on Thursday. Go ahead, we'll wait.
It's impossible, just because it's hard to remember a playoff-caliber team literally rebuilding itself and half of its roster midseason. It's just unheard of. Yet, here we are, with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers (31-22) literally undoing everything they did in the offseason almost as simple as uttering the words "Eh, let's just try again, no big deal."
UPDATE: Add Dwyane Wade to that.— 12up (@12upSport) February 8, 2018
They LITERALLY just traded 50% of their roster.
The list is overwhelming, and it all starts with Isaiah Thomas, who was supposed to be the immediate successor to Kyrie Irving
Who would have imagined about a half year later we would be at this crossroad?
But with only 14 games started at this point in the season and a complete inability to establish any chemistry with the King, IT found himself packing with Channing Frye to Los Angeles, where the Cavs were able to sure up their frontcourt and backcourt in one quick shot.
Lakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
They weren't done there. Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and the future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade were all sent away, and the return was again overwhelming as expected.
Cleveland acquires Rodney Hood and George Hill in three-team deal, transforming its roster at the trade deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018