A day of goodbyes and welcomes in Cleveland. The effort to keep LeBron James happy and with the team after free agency resulted in trading away half of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster, including Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, and something this big couldn’t go by without memes addressing the issue.
In short: The Cavaliers traded Thomas, Wade, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose, as well as a first round draft pick. In return they received Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood, as well as a second round draft pick.
Is the team better? It depends what your consider better. Younger? More athletic? Potentially better on defense? Then yeah. But is this team, along with James and the remaining bodies of Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver and others, good enough to make another run to the finals? Not sure. But they’ll probably have more fun playing basketball than the previous connection, which exhausted all of its possible chemistry.
The Cavaliers didn’t manage to find a trading partner for Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, who along with Thomas were the two players (or contracts) they wanted to get rid of the most. Just shows how far these two have fallen in such a short time, and what bad piece of business, as well as foresight, was it to give them those contracts.