The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-team trade with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, completely reshaping the roster of the reeling three-time defending Eastern Conference champions before the trade deadline. The Jazz reportedly received Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from the Cavaliers who is released immediately, while the Kings landed Joe Johnson from Utah and Iman Shumpert from Cleveland. Sacramento will also get the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick (via the Cavs) and $3 million in cash in the deal. The trade comes less than an hour after the Cavs swapped Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their protected 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
The Cavaliers also traded Dwyane Wade home to the Heat for a heavily protected second-round pick on Thursday afternoon, according to Wojnarowski. In less than an hour on deadline day, the Cavs sent packing three of the top six players in their rotation and six members of the roster altogether. All of a sudden, the Cavaliers are rolling out a likely starting lineup still anchored by LeBron James and supported by J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson with Hill and Hood — two former teammates who helped the Jazz to 51 wins and a second-round playoff appearance last season. Clarkson and Nance add an influx of youth and athleticism to a bench unit in desperate need of help in that regard.
The Toronto Raptors are finalizing deal to send small forward Bruno Caboclo to the Sacramento Kings for shooting guard Malachi Richardson, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Richardson, 22, is in his second NBA season and was the No. 22 overall pick in 2016. Richardson averaged 3.5 points and 12.8 minutes in 25 games this season. Caboclo, 22, was the 20th overall pick in 2014 and has averaged 4.5 minutes in three-plus seasons with the Raptors.
Memphis has traded James Ennis to Detroit for Brice Johnson and a second-round pick. The Pistons are clearly pushing to make the playoffs this season. Ennis is older (27 vs. 23) and more expensive ($3,028,410 vs. $1,331,160) than Ennis, and the pick only adds to Detroit’s cost. But Ennis is better. Ennis can share minutes at small forward with Stanley Johnson when the match up is too big for Reggie Bullock or Bullock plays shooting guard (which might happen less with the Pistons acquiring Nelson, who reduces the need the for Langston Galloway at point guard). When the opposing power forward isn’t too big, Ennis can also play there behind Griffin and Anthony Tolliver, as Griffin is also Detroit’s de facto backup center. Both Ennis and Johnson are on expiring contracts. The Pistons could try to re-sign Ennis, but considering their luxury-tax concerns, this is more about this season. For Memphis, this is about the pick and cost savings. Johnson showed little in two seasons with the Clippers, and – with his third-year option declined – he’s probably on his way out of the league.