Trade Deadline Deals
LAKERS / CAVALIERS
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: PG/SG Jordan Clarkson, PF/C Larry Nance Jr.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: PF/C Channing Frye, PG Isaiah Thomas, 2018 first-round pick
Only in the NBA would a team trade for an All-NBA team selection with no intentions of signing him to a long-term contract at seasons end. This is what the Lakers did when they traded for 3rd team All-NBA selection Isaiah Thomas. Regardless, I still give them credit for the clearing up space to sign two max contracts this off-season. With the rumors surrounding California native Paul George, clearing cap space in this situation is a good gamble. Only time will tell if it pays off.
Isaiah Thomas was never going to help the Cavalier’s beat the Warriors in the finals (and yes, Lebron will be in the finals no matter who his teammates are). Isaiah Thomas simply doesn’t have the defensive skillset to be a factor on that side of the ball. His height and ongoing hip injuries prevent him from doing so — not to mention his ongoing locker room issues. His departure will more likely be an addition rather than a subtraction.
The Cavaliers received Clarkson and Nance, two young, athletic players whose energy and intensity will help the Cavs each night. At 6’6, Clarkson has size and the shooting stoke to become a quality 6th man for the Cavaliers. Nance is a good rotational big who will surely help with rebounding and depth within Cleveland’s thin front-court. I don’t think the Cavs should have gave up a first round pick in this deal and that is the only reason their grade is an A- and not an A.
PISTONS / CLIPPERS
Detroit Pistons Receive: PF/C Blake Griffin, PF/C Brice Johnson, C Willie Reed
Los Angeles Clippers Receive: SG/SF Avery Bradley, SF/PF Tobias Harris, C Boban Marjanovic, 2018 first-round pick (top-four protection), 2019 second-round pick (via Cleveland, Houston, Orlando or Portland)
Coming off an eight-game losing streak before this trade, the Pistons needed to do something to take them out of mediocrity. Critics will be skeptical of Blake Griffins contract, but I think the Pistons struck gold with him. He is a perfect compliment to Drummond because of his ability to spread the floor with shooting and ability to pass. The Pistons were going nowhere fast, and this trade just may have just rejuvenated the franchise.
In today’s NBA you either need to be able to compete for a championship or do something similar to the 76ers where you completely tank to acquire stars through the draft. The Clippers are doing neither and although I think Bradley and … Continue reading...