NBA Trades 2018: Post-Deadline Roundup and Twitter Reaction

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2018

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For the entire morning, it appeared the NBA trade deadline would come and go with a whimper. Then, around lunch, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to tear apart their roster on the fly and set the stage for a wild few final hours Thursday.

The Cavaliers made a series of major moves, sending out Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Jae Crowder in three separate trades. They brought back Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Rodney Hood in moves they believe will set them up for the present and future.

There were a few other deals, including some involving past first-round picks. But there is nowhere else to begin the deadline reaction than with the rubble in Cleveland.


Everything That Happened With the Cavs

OK. That was something. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first tweeted the Cavs and Lakers were nearing a trade at 11:56 a.m. ET. Fourteen minutes later, we knew Thomas, Frye and a first-round pick were heading to the Lakers in exchange for Clarkson and Nance.

That by itself would have been enough for a satisfying deadline day. Thomas has been the subject of near-constant ridicule since he returned from a hip injury Jan. 2, with many criticizing his poor play on both ends of the floor and his strange penchant for talking out of turn in the media. 

The Cavs were significantly worse since Thomas' return, and it was clear to everyone this wasn't a good fit. 

"He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball-dominant player," Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin, told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. "It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working. Koby (Altman) and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party. This is a good opportunity for Isaiah." 

But the Cavs were far from done. Within an hour of the Thomas trade, Wade, Rose, Shumpert and Crowder were sent packing to new destinations.

Cleveland sent Rose and Crowder to the Utah Jazz and Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings as part of a deal that brought back Hood from Utah and Hill from Sacramento, per Wojnarowski. Joe Johnson will head to the Kings as well. 

In a subsequent move that shocked almost everyone, the Cavs then facilitated a swap to send Wade back to the Miami Heat in exchange for a second-round pick, per Wojnarowski. Wade likely would have felt a playing-time crunch with the Cavs' new young players on the wing and backcourt.

Suffice it to say social media had a field day with the litany of trades that went down:

Zach Harper @talkhoops

Cavs playing 2K right now

Justin Rowan 🇨🇦 @Cavsanada

Cavs are going to have like 6 players for tomorrow's national TV game if these physicals don't get done FAST

Tyler Conway @jtylerconway

LeBron walking into the Cavs locker room tomorrow https://t.co/LLhMtN2oDi

Sportsnet @Sportsnet

Scrolling through your timeline and seeing all the #Cavs trades. https://t.co/QSqH4VUBbN

Gabrielle Union @itsgabrielleu

🌞🌞🌞🔥🔥🔥🌴🌴🌴 305 HOME!!!! Let's goooooooo HEAT!!!! Can't. Wait.

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

Dwyane Wade: “We should trade everybody” LeBron: “We???” https://t.co/Q317CvlvxW

pourmecoffee @pourmecoffee

Live look at the Cavs team plane. https://t.co/SDxM96wtIp

Taylor @YourAverageJet

Tristan Thompson right now https://t.co/QwIQiQXXtX

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

After all that, Isaiah Thomas played 15 games in Cleveland, and the Cavs had to attach a pick to him to get two (solid) players off the Lakers bench -- one of whom LA had been trying to trade already (Clarkson).

J.E. Skeets @jeskeets

Cavs just traded Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers so LeBron won't sign with 'em in the offseason. DAN GILBERT IS PLAYING CHESS! 😂

Kylan @AwwHELLToTheNaw

D Rose, D Goes, D Wade, get out D way, IT, ITT tech, Iman Shump, hop skip and jump, Jae Crowder, Clam Chowder, don’t matter... Trade Everybody https://t.co/lzhL7F1fCG

Complex Sports @ComplexSports

Thibs when he saw Utah was waiving D Rose https://t.co/ZqUih5hfpg


Former 1st-Round PGs On the Move

The New York Knicks added backcourt athleticism, acquiring Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs sent Devin Harris to the Nuggets, and the Knicks traded Doug McDermott to the Mavericks to complete the swap, per Woj.

Mudiay is the most notable piece as a 21-year-old who was the seventh overall pick in 2015. He's seen his minutes and production wane every year since his rookie season, including a demotion from the starting lineup this season.

The Knicks had been looking to add athleticism to their backcourt as they await rookie Frank Ntilikina's development. 

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares

One last note: Mudiay has not talked to the Denver media all season. He has stonewalled us all. And Denver is a SOFT media market. Curious to see how he handles NYC.

☕netw3rk @netw3rk

[time travels back to 2015] future me: knicks got mudiay past me: great! future me: small problem—mudiay is bad

Scott Charlton @Scott_Charlton

Me in 2014: Mudiay is the next John Wall. Me in 2018: Mudiay getting traded for Devin Harris seems fair.

Moke Hamilton @MokeHamilton

No question Emmanuel Mudiay will be excited to relocate to New York. I remember speaking with him during the predraft process. He was hopeful to land in NYC and said he'd have no problem fitting in.

In a somewhat similar move, the Orlando Magic sent Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a second-round pick, per Woj. Payton is a restricted free agent this summer but is in the midst of his best offensive season, averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 assists per game on a career-high 52.0 percent shooting.

The Suns do not have a natural starting point guard and have been using Devin Booker as their nominal 1 for large stretches. Payton's acquisition should allow them to move Booker to a more natural secondary ball-handler role.

Andy Bailey @AndrewDBailey

Not really sure why people are so low on Elfrid Payton. He's had a BPM above zero in each of the last two seasons. He has an 18.2 PER this season. He's averaging 13 PTS, 6.3 AST, 4 REB & 1.5 STL (16.4 PTS, 7.9 AST, 5 REB & 1.8 STL per 36), with a 37.3 3P% this season.

Justin Termine @TermineRadio

ORL traded Dario Saric, & picks that turned out to be De'Aaron Fox & Willy Hernangomez for Payton on draft night... Now they get a 2nd round pick in return. What a disaster. https://t.co/cde3jdoNto

Duncan Smith @DuncanSmithNBA

...Did other teams know they could get Elfrid Payton for a second round pick? Like did the Suns throw that out there as a joke and the Magic snap accepted?


Other Deals

Pistons get: Jameer Nelson

Bulls get: Willie Reed

Big Cat @BarstoolBigCat

Sad to see the Jameer Nelson era end. Bull For Life https://t.co/FAY55YCLV5

Jason Patt @Bulls_Jay

Let's include Jameer Nelson in the pantheon of all-time Bulls greats like Jose Calderon, JR Smith and likely Tony Allen

Bulls get (per Woj): Noah Vonleh, cash

Blazers get: Milocan Rakovic

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Blazers duck the tax by trading Vonleh into cap space. Vonleh is worth a look. Still just 22. https://t.co/Uy4CYrBedw

David MacKay @DavidMacKayNBA

Portland fans growing increasingly frustrated, it seems. If Vonleh trade to get under the tax is the team's only deadline move, many will be upset.

Wizards get (via Chris Miller CBS Washington): 2nd-round pick

Hawks get: Sheldon Mac 

Peachtree Hoops @peachtreehoops

We've gotten this a bunch of times. The Hawks traded for former Miami swingman Sheldon Mac. The Hawks did not trade for former Butler (and Hawks) point guard Shelvin Mack. https://t.co/GVYWkuw4jc

Pelicans get (via Shams Charania of The Vertical): Rashad Vaughn

Nets get: Dante Cunningham

The Brooklyn Game @TheBKGame

Rashad Vaughn, we hardly knew ye. Hello, Dante Cunningham. https://t.co/i2TrPaiObs