NBA Twitter Reacts to The Craziest Trade Deadline in Years
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The NBA version of the Red Weddingoccurred on Thursday, just hours before the 3:00 PM trade deadline.
TheLeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers who have been horrible this year traded six players and a first-round pick, completelyremaking their roster in the process.
The team made three separate trades in the span of about an hour.
The first deal was Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. ESPN reporterAdrian Wojnarowski broke the news on his Twitter feed, beating out rival reporter Shams Charania:
\u201cLakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518109525
\u201cCleveland is sending Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance, league source tells ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518109851
\u201cCavaliers also sending its 2018 first-round pick in deal to Lakers, league sources tell ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518109884
The second trade was a three-teamer, with the Cavs picking up Rodney Hood and George Hill:
\u201cUtah has traded Rodney Hood to Cleveland, league source tells ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518112692
\u201cUtah will also send Joe Johnson to Sacramento, and Cleveland will send Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to Utah, league sources tell ESPN. Sacramento sends George Hill to the Cavs.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518112757
\u201cCleveland sends Iman Shumpert to Kings in deal, league source tells ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518112858
\u201cCleveland acquires Rodney Hood and George Hill in three-team deal, transforming its roster at the trade deadline.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518112906
In the third and final deal, the Cavs sent Brons best friend Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat:
\u201cCleveland is trading Dwyane Wade to Miami, league sources tell ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518113189
\u201cAs Cleveland remade its roster with young, athletic wing players, organization gave him a chance to return home to Miami and worked out a deal to send him back to the Heat, league sources tell ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518113289
\u201cMiami will send a heavily protected second-round pick to Cleveland for Wade, league sources tell ESPN.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518113365
\u201cSources: As part of three-team deal, Cleveland sends 2020 second-round pick via Miami to Sacramento.\u201d— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski) 1518113829
Have trouble keeping up? Here's is a tweet from Bleacher Report's Tom Haberstroh summarizing what happened:
\u201cLOL\n\nOUT\n-Isaiah Thomas\n-Dwyane Wade\n-Derrick Rose\n-Jae Crowder\n-Iman Shumpert\n-Channing Frye\n-2018 own 1st\n\nIN\n-Jordan Clarkson\n-Larry Nance Jr\n-George Hill\n-Rodney Hood\n-Heavily-protected future 2nd\u201d— Tom Haberstroh (@Tom Haberstroh) 1518113884
LeBron James hasn't said much throughout this time. However, he did find time to send a message to his best friend Wade on Instagram:
It's one of the most stunning trade deadline deals ever made. The Cleveland Cavaliers basically gutted their team to see if they could make onelast playoff push.
With all this deadline news happening, NBA Twitter, the best thing in sports right now, has been on fire.
Here are some of the funniest reactions to the wildest NBA deadline we've seen in years:
\u201cJR Smith just woke up lmfao https://t.co/uioVhoKs4M\u201d— Killjoy \ud83e\udd14 (@Killjoy \ud83e\udd14) 1518115439
\u201c*Next Cavs practice*\n\nJR: "Yo IT looks taller."\n\nLeBron: "That's Jordan Clarkson."\n\nJR: "What, well imma go talk to Dwyane Wade over there."\n\nLeBron: "That's Rodney Hood."\n\nJR: *looks at rest of the team."\n\nJR:\u201d— What the Sports (@What the Sports) 1518115386
\u201cDwyane Wade: \u201cPeanut Butter and Jelly winning another ring this year!\u201d\n\nLeBron:\u201d— Josiah Johnson (@Josiah Johnson) 1518114669
\u201cD Wade: man we gotta get rid of these bums and get some fresh blood in here \n\nBron:\u201d— SHOOT \ud83d\ude80 (@SHOOT \ud83d\ude80) 1518114703
None— Malcolm Johnson NBC10 Boston (@Malcolm Johnson NBC10 Boston) 1518141180
\u201cJae Crowder told his momma he was gonna win a ring for her this year and the Cavs shipped his black ass to Utah. Sports is cold\u201d— Drew (@Drew) 1518113383
None— John (@John) 1518116975
Nothing beats NBA Twitter.