The Cleveland Cavaliers realized the roster they had would not bring them a championship-- so they traded basically everyone.
A person with direct knowledge of the trades says the Cleveland Cavaliers have overhauled their roster with three deals, including trading Isaiah Thomas and one that sends Dwyane Wade back to Miami.
Moments after they agreed to trade Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavs completed a three-team deal with Sacramento and Utah, said the person who spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because all the transactions have to be approved by the league.
The Cavs sent guard Derrick Rose and forward Jae Crowder to the Jazz for forward Rodney Hood. They’ll receive guard George Hill from the Kings in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert.
Also, the 36-year-old Wade is returning to the Heat for a protected second-round pick. Wade played 13 seasons in Miami, winning three NBA titles — two of them with LeBron James.
Wade signed a one-year deal with the Cavs, but has said he wanted to retire with Miami.
After a quick stop, Isaiah Thomas is moving again. The point guard’s strange stay with the Cavaliers is over.
Thomas, who was never a good fit in Cleveland while recovering from a hip injury, was traded hours before the NBA’s deadline to the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The Cavs will keep their other first-round pick from the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston last summer for Thomas, who struggled on the floor in Cleveland and seemed at odds with teammates and coaches.
ESPN was first to report the deal.
Following the Cavs’ dramatic 140-138 overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Thomas stood at his locker and wondered if he would be traded again.
“I’m tired of being traded,” he said. “That’s not a good thing. But I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here.”