NBA Trade Magic

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The 2017-2018 NBA season–or at least the Eastern Conference– has started to become very interesting after the trade deadline on February 8th. To the surprise of most, the Cleveland Cavaliers stand at the center of this NBA trade hurricane. Their most recent ventures have redefined how competitive the path to the Eastern Conference finals will be. Regardless, these are all the highlights from the NBA trade season this year.

On June 22nd, the Chicago Bulls controversially traded Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton, the No. 16 pick in the draft for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick from the NBA draft (who ended up being Lauri Markkanen) from the Minnesota Timberwolves.  

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers decided to send their franchise player, Paul ‘My parents gave me two first names’ George, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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On August 30th, the Cavaliers made the egregious mistake of sending Kyrie Irving to their Eastern Conference rivals, the Boston Celtics, in exchange for a 5’9” injured point-guard called Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the 2020 Miami Heat second round pick, and an unprotected 2018 Nets first-round pick.

On January 29th, the Los Angeles Clippers decided to end their nearly 9 year relationship with Blake Griffin by sending him to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Avery Bradley, the 2018 protected first-round pick, and the 2019 second-round pick. Oh, and the Pistons also got Brice Johnson and Willie Reed.

On February 9th, the Cleveland Cavaliers were involved in a 3-team trade between themselves, the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings. In this trade, the Utah Jazz got Jae Crowder and Derrick ‘my ankles are made of glass’ Rose; the Sacramento Kings got Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert, and a 2020 second round pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers got Rodney Hood and George Hill. The Cavs also sent Dwayne Wade back to sunny Miami for a future second round pick in return. Finally, the Cavs decided to make the smartest move they have ever made or will possibly ever make by sending Isaiah ‘I think I’m on the same level as Lebron’ Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.