The Cavs swung 2 major trades an hour apart to give their team a much-needed facelift — and a shot at the championship

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers completed two major trades one hour apart to give their team a totally different look.
  • The Cavs appeared to get better on paper by getting younger, more athletic, and adding more shooting and defense.
  • While there will be an adjustment period to integrate four new players, the locker room should also improve.


In one hour, the Cleveland Cavaliers basically got a brand-new basketball team.

With the trade deadline approaching, the Cavs first traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Then, an hour later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs pulled off a massive three-team trade with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings. The Jazz will receive Jazz guard-forward Rodney Hood and Kings guard George Hill while sending point guard Derrick Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz and guard Iman Shumpert to the Kings.

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Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder together
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The Dallas Mavericks' Jae Crowder and the Sacramento Kings' Isaiah Thomas, right, scramble for a loose ball at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (Sharon Ellman/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by Jae Crowder #99 after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Celtics defeated the Suns 115-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Jae Crowder #99 and Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrate during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 29, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 29: The Celtics' Jae Crowder helps teammate Isaiah Thomas up off the floor after Boston's loss to the Clippers. The Boston Celtics hosted the Los Angeles Clippers in a regular season NBA game at the TD Garden on March 29, 2015. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 21: Jae Crowder #99 and Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics arrive before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics and Jae Crowder #99 celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on November 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Hawks 106-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 5: Isaiah Thomas #4 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 5, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 5: Isaiah Thomas #4 Avery Bradley #0 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics celebrate after Bradley hit a last second game winning shot during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 104-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 5: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates with Jae Crowder #99 after winning the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 104-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: Isaiah Thomas #4 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics celebrate after the game against the Miami Heat on April 13, 2016 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates with Marcus Smart #36 and Jae Crowder #99 after hitting a three pointer during overtime of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 24, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Hawks 104-95. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 20: Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics and Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrate at the end of the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on March 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 5: Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) holds off Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4), who appeared to be telling him where he should have been during the third quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden in Boston on Apr. 5, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 15: Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) and Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) react after Thomas nailed a three pointer for the 94-81 lead during the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at TD Garden in Boston on May 15, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Isaiah Thomas #4 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics react against the Washington Wizards during Game Six of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at Verizon Center on May 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Jae Crowder #99 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media during a press conference at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2016 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Tyronn Lue and General Manager Koby Altman of the Cleveland Cavaliers present Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic with their new jersies at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2016 in Independence, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 2: JR Smith, #5 Isaiah Thomas #3, Tristan Thompson #13 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Cleveland Cavaliers watch from the sidelines during the final minute of the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Trail Blazers 127-110. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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They weren't done, either, then sending Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat in exchange for a second-round pick.

In total, the Cavs sent out six players who had been on the roster since training camp to acquire four new players and give the team an entirely new look.

On paper, the Cavs made good moves. They got younger — Hill is the only player older than 30. They got longer and more athletic — Clarkson, Nance, Hill, and Hood are all long, lanky, athletic players who can switch across multiple positions. And they got more shooting and perimeter defense.

This is the name of the game in the NBA, particularly if a team wants to contend with the Golden State Warriors. Shooting and two-way players are needed. LeBron James will still dictate the action, but Hill is perfectly capable as secondary playmaker, and he gives the Cavs a much-needed defensive presence on the perimeter. Hood can spread the floor and attack close-outs. Clarkson can be a reserve ball-handler and scorer while Nance's athleticism should help the Cavs and he should benefit from the easy looks James and Co. can get him.

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's relationship through the years
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Team USA forward LeBron James (L), of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is checked by guard Dwyane Wade, of the Miami Heat, during morning practice on the second day of training camp of the USA Men's Basketball team in Las Vegas, Nevada July 20, 2006. The U.S. team is preparing for the 2006 World Basketball Championships this August in Japan. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
U.S. Player (L-R) LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthoy pose after a news conference in Seoul for the World Basketball Challenge 2006, an exhibition match ahead of the world championships in Japan, August 12, 2006. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (SOUTH KOREA)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (rear) and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade greet each other before their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida February 1, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
Lebron James (R) and Dwyane Wade of the U.S. celebrate after defeating Spain in the men's gold medal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 24, 2008. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (CHINA)
LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade laugh during NBA basketball team Miami Heat's 'HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event' at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Dwyane Wade (L) and LeBron James share a laugh after a preseason workout of the Miami Heat NBA basketball team at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Florida September 29, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) congratulates teammate Dwyane Wade during the second period against the Washington Wizards in NBA basketball action in Miami, Florida February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's forwards Chris Bosh (L) and LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade (R) cover their mouths with their towels as they talk to each other on the bench during the final minutes of their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Michigan February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
NBA basketball players LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat sit in the stands as they watch the tennis match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida March 26, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade wait during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers during fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James sticks his tongue out towards teammate Dwyane Wade during the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston, Massachusetts May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) is congratulated by teammate Dwyane Wade after they defeated the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago, May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) congratulates teammate Dwyane Wade after wade scored a three-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami, June 2, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) stands with Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade during Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas, June 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (L) and guard Dwyane Wade speak during a time out during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against New York Knicks in Miami, Florida April 28, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade share a laugh during a team practice for the NBA basketball finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 13, 2012. The Heat will play Game 2 of the series against the Oklahoma Thunder on June 14. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) hugs teammate Dwyane Wade near the end of Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami, Florida, June 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (L) and LeBron James celebrate after their team won the championship following Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami, Florida, June 21, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) hugs teammate Dwyane Wade during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff against the Indiana Pacers in Miami, Florida June 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (R) and Dwyane Wade pause during a break in play against the San Antonio Spurs during the fourth quarter in Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami, Florida June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade embraces the Larry O'Brian Championship trophy as teammate LeBron James (L) holds the Bill Russell Trophy for MVP after their team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami, Florida June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) high fives Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) and guard Dwyane Wade (3) speak during a press conference after game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) hugs Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) after their game at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 101-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) offers to help Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) as he sits in the front row during the third quarter at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat defeated against the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) meet at half court prior to the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 111-105. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NBA player LeBron James (L) accepts the Best Male Athlete award from NBA player Dwyane Wade onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 10: Dwyane Wade #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James #23 while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre season game at Quicken Loans Arena on October 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: Dwyane Wade #9 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers share a laugh during a stop in play against the Washington Wizards in the first half during a preseason game at Capital One Arena on October 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Of course, it's also February and the season is more than halfway over. The Cavs will have to integrate four new major pieces into the rotation and hope that they can jell in time for the playoffs.

Yet even if the Cavs don't assemble into a well-rounded super-team by April, the entire experience should be a lot less dramatic. Several reports indicated the locker room had formed into factions between newcomers and veteran Cavs players. The Cavs just shipped out four players who were new to the team while losing only two long-time members in Frye and Shumpert who were largely out of the rotation. And they kept the coveted Brooklyn Nets' pick.

The moves seem to be geared toward not only improving the on-court product, but creating a more peaceful locker room. In the process, they may have given themselves a better shot at keeping the man at the center of it all this summer: LeBron James.

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