Shortly after the Cavaliers made a trade with the Lakers, they were involved in an even bigger deal with the Jazz and Kings. Let’s take a look:
- Rodney Hood
- George Hill
- Jae Crowder
- Derrick Rose (waived)
- Joe Johnson (Expected to be waived)
- Iman Shumpert
Analysis – Cavaliers:
I was very disappointed in the Cavaliers first trade of the day, but that was without knowing that it was part of a bigger picture. This was an absolutely incredible trade for the Cavaliers as they received Rodney Hood and George Hill, both good players who will be able to help them down the final stretch of the year. Hood is also still a young player, and he has plenty of potential to develop in years to come. In addition, the Cavs gave away all their players who weren’t working out: Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, and Iman Shumpert. All I have to say is well done Koby Altman.
Analysis – Jazz:
The Jazz were so intent on trading Rodney Hood, probably because the emergence of rookie Donovan Mitchell. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get a draft pick for him, but they did get Jae Crowder, almost a forgotten player in this league. Crowder is a young player and a great defender, and could certainly be in Utah for the long haul. It’s a decent trade for Utah.
Grade: B –
Analysis – Kings:
Wow. I don’t even know where to start with this franchise. I have zero clue why they signed George Hill to a pretty large deal to begin with, especially right after drafting De’Aaron Fox. The good thing for the Kings here is that they rid that bad contract. The bad thing is that they got absolutely nothing in return. Iman Shumpert isn’t a good player, and Joe Johnson will probably be waived.