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NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and it’s time to see what the second half of the season has in store. The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most noise on the deadline day; they traded away Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Channing Frye. In return they received Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, Rodney Hood, and George Hill. It’s shocking yet expected at the same time; the Cavaliers were struggling to piece it all together and they needed to freshen up the locker room. Isaiah Thomas didn’t seem like he fit in and now he’s out in Los Angeles on a rebuilding Lakers team. Dwyane Wade wanted to retire in Miami so why not trade him now for a draft pick to try and bring in some young talent to revitalize this roster. Outside of Cleveland the trade market was relatively quiet. Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons; this is already looking to be a great move for him, he and Andre Drummond are working well together and the Pistons are on a roll. Elfrid Payton was traded from Orlando to Phoenix; his game is solid, however he’s best known for his strange haircut – I wonder if he’ll change it up with the new team. With all the trades being completed, I think this is a positive outcome for Cleveland, Detroit, and Golden State. Cleveland gets a chance to freshen up their locker room, Detroit has two fantastic players teamed up together, and Golden State didn’t see any contending teams get much stronger, if at all.