Atlanta— The Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has decided “enough is enough,” after 15 days of the Isiah Thomas and Jae Chrowder experiment.
The Cavs have released Isiah Thomas, Jae Chrowder, Dwayne Wade, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert along with a 2018 1st round pick to acquire George Hill (Utah) Rodney Hood (Utah) Larry Nance Jr (Lakers) and Jordan Clarkson (Lakers).
What do the Cavs lose?
A lot of dead weight to be brutally honest. Isiah Thomas, who was once Mr. Boston, Mr. Clutch, the guy who overcame all obstacles to become a perennial all-star, is now the “BIG” dissapointment who has been anything but the elite all-star we all have grown to love.
Even Jae Chrowder declined in his trial with the Cavs, he looked nothing like the Chrowder in Boston did, averaging only 8.6 ppg, 3.3 Reb and shooting 41 pct from the field; all big drop offs from his time in Boston where he averaged 14 ppg, 5.8 Reb, and 46 pct shooting from the field.
Let’s not forget Dwayne Wade, who just never looked comfortable on this team and has been quite inconsistent with his play. Iman Shumpert, who has virtually done nothing for the Cavs this year averaging just 4.4 ppg. Derrick Rose, former MVP just can’t stay on the court because of injuries; so, the trade was inevitable for him.
What exactly did the Cavs gain?
Two younger guards in George Hill and Jordan Clarkson, both of these guys can handle the ball and score if needed; filling the void of Isiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving ultimately.
Rodney Hood will be a better wing player than Chrowder and Kevin Love in my opinion, this young man can shoot the ball very well and with his long stature can help the Cavs play better defense. Also, Larry Nance Jr, I honestly can’t wait to see this young man play on this team. A walking highlight, he will immediately bring excitement back into the Quicken Loans Arena; his athleticism as a big man is something Lebron never had before and with his defensive skills in the paint makes Cleveland kinda scary now in the East.
So, just how good is this trade for the Cavs?
The perfect trade to say the least; essentially making the Cavs younger and more athletic, I cannot began to think how much this decision was needed for an organization that was in trouble after losing 14 of their last 22 games.
Just when you think the Cavs are losing their hold on the East, Lebron James steps in and tells Dan Gilbert… “Its time.”
And Boom the Cleveland Cavaliers have put hope back into their fans hearts in their pursuit of a fourth straight Finals appearance.
The Cavs may be back in action and looking to reclaim their top spot as the Eastern Conference favorites; starting with the Boston Celtics who is currently the number one seed in the East. This game is sure to have a playoff like atmosphere at the TD Garden in Boston.