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NBA Trade Deadline Analysis

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Now that the NBA Trade Deadline is over, many teams look a lot different for better or for worse. Today, we are going to break down the four biggest trades from this year’s deadline.

Trade #1: Blake Griffin gets a new home

Teams Involved: Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers

Detroit Gets: Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson

LA Gets: Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic

Breakdown: With their playoff hopes rapidly dwindling after a strong start, the Pistons made a bold move to turn their season around with the acquisition of Griffin. For the Clippers, they are hoping the addition of two solid starters while dumping the four-plus seasons left on Griffin’s deal will equate to a soft reboot, allowing them to rebuild without starting completely over. If Detroit could make a deep run in these playoffs, it could convince Blake Griffin to stay and make them a powerhouse out in the east. This trade was unexpected and surprised a lot of people.

Trade #2: Isiah Thomas goes to LA

Teams Involved: Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Lakers

Cleveland Gets:  Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, 2018 first-round pick

LA Gets: Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr.

Breakdown: The move certainly makes Cleveland healthier, more athletic and better on the defensive end. The Lakers, meanwhile, obtain a much-needed first-round pick. Isaiah Thomas finally might be able to use his talents to the max in LA. Jordan Clarkson will give the Cavs an unselfish player who can flat out score. Larry Nance gets to play where he grew up because his dad played for the Cavs.

Trade #3:  Dwyane Wade goes home.

Teams Involved: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

Cleveland Gets: 2024 second round pick

Miami Gets: Dwayne Wade

Breakdown:  Dwyane Wade is back home, which is a feel-good story all around. Let’s not forget, however, that Miami very much needs to be sparked out of its current five-game losing streak. The Heat now sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They are hopeful Wade’s return will steady the ship. Cleveland was just granting Dwayne Wade a trade so he could go back home, and that probably won them a lot of respect around the league for complying with his request.

Trade #4: Cavs Complete Roster Overhaul

Teams Involved: Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, and the Utah Jazz

Cleveland Gets: George Hill, Rodney Hood

Sacramento Gets: Iman Shumpert, Joe Johnson

Utah Gets: Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder

Breakdown: This trade makes a lot of sense for the Cavs, who address their two biggest needs: defense and poor guard play. Rodney Hood is having a nice season and he can hit the three. George Hill has been steady throughout his entire career and will continue to provide solid guard play. Iman Shumpert is decent, but the real reason this deal was made for the Kings was to get rid of George Hill’s contract. Utah gets Jae Crowder who played well in Boston but not so well in Cleveland.

All in all, the Cavs made the most moves because they needed to shake something up to get them back to the finals for another year.If the trades work out, the Cavs will be back for sure.

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Declan Fricko is a sophomore at Redbank Valley. This is his first year writing for The Bark. He is involved in student council and plays three sports:...

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