Cavaliers trade Thomas, Wade, Rose at Thursday's deadline


Cleveland completely changed its look - and perhaps its chances of winning a championship this season - Thursday with a stunning sequence of deals.

The moves have been viewed by many as a way for the Cavs to stay competitive now, but to also plan for the future in case LeBron James leaves again in free agency.

"I'm exhausted of being traded", Thomas said following the Cavs' win over Minnesota.

"I'm really excited about the new guys we have, and I'm really excited about what they are going to bring to the table", Altman said according to ESPN.

The Cavs entered the deadline as the league's oldest team. Korver hit 7 of 13 3-pointers in the runaway victory. This, combined with Thomas being part of the cavalry the Cavs unloaded yesterday, created an interesting conversation around Irving's thoughts on the moves of his former team. We're just coming together; guys don't quite know what we want to do. "We want to build those habits all the way to the postseason". By trading for Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Cleveland seems better positioned to return to the National Basketball Association finals than they were before yesterday.

When the Cavs when visit the free throw line here are some of the chants that they would hear: "Lebron will leave you", "Lebron will trade you", and my personal favorite, "Where are your teammates" directed towards Lebron. "We just got to do our job, be the best role players we can possibly be". Did it fit? Did it work? I mean, you don't get the nickname "LeGM" for nothing. The Cavs sent guard Derrick Rose and forward Jae Crowder - also a former Celtic - to the Jazz for guard Rodney Hood.

Prior to this swap, the closest the Lakers had to a veteran point guard for Zo to learn from was Tyler Ennis, a 23-year-old backup who's recently been surpassed on head coach Luke Walton's depth chart by rookies Josh Hart and Alex Caruso.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they were having fun for the first time in a long time during their stunning 22-point beatdown of the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. In those 15 games this season he is averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assist per night.

Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James.

"It was a good start", James said. "So, we'll have to see how it meshes", James told reporters. The Cavs are on pace spend a combined $500 million on salaries and luxury taxes the last three seasons. He shouldn't take much time to get comfortable in Cleveland.

He doesn't have any doubts now.

While that 32-ounce porterhouse of a trade stuck in the guts of basketball fans everywhere, the Cavs weren't done.