NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers Win & Oklahoma City Thunder Lose as NBA Trade Deadline Passes

Cleveland Cavaliers Win & Oklahoma City Thunder Lose as NBA Trade Deadline Passes

Cleveland Cavaliers Win, Oklahoma City Thunder Lose nba trade deadline 2016 images

The NBA Trade Deadline was Thursday, and after weeks of rumors, trade talks, and potential shakeups, nothing actually happened. Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, and Hassan Whiteside were all supposedly being shopped around, but no huge names got moved around this season.

Despite the relatively minor moves on the last day of free market trading in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers accomplished exactly what they needed to in order to seriously contend for the NBA Title again this season. Although Channing Frye may seem like a small-name addition for such a star-studded team, the Cavs will benefit tremendously both from his three-point presence as well as the absence of Anderson Varejao.

Varejao may have been a fan-favorite during the dark, Lebron-less era in Cleveland, but he’s older and always injured. He simply wasn’t worth the paycheck.

The Cavaliers also made out well due to the lack of activity by the Toronto Raptors and the rest of the teams that will attempt to pressure them in the Eastern Conference. Similarly, in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors won mainly because the teams under them did practically nothing to close the gap.

The biggest loser of the trade deadline was arguably the Oklahoma City Thunder. If anyone needed to make a big deal happen it was general manager Sam Presti of the Thunder. With Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both looking for the nearest exit, the Thunder made a pathetic effort to bring them back into championship contention and potentially convince at least one of the superstars to stay put.

Instead, the team added only Randy Foye from the Denver Nuggets. Foye would be a solid pickup for the Warriors or Cavs, but the Thunder aren’t in the same position. It was now or never, and Presti seems to have chosen never.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, but all signs point towards a starlight exodus from OKC come 2016 and 2017 free agency.

Maybe when the team regresses significantly without Durant and Westbrook, they can go back to Seattle and the fans there can stop complaining.

NBA
@chrismaurice18

Chris covers everything NBA, NFL and NCAA with his weekly recaps, highlights and anything else he thinks you'll want to know about and more than likely things you don't want to hear about your favorite team. His take no prisoners opinion gets some fans worked up, but that's because he's almost always right.

More in NBA

2017 nba trade deadline winners and losers images

2017 NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

Chris MauriceFebruary 24, 2017
carmelo anthony looking safe with knicks as trade deadline hits 2017 images

Carmelo Anthony looking safe with Knicks as trade deadline hits

Chris MauriceFebruary 23, 2017
kevin garnett blames aau for killing nba 2017 images

Kevin Garnett blames AAU for killing NBA

Chris MauriceFebruary 22, 2017
kyrie irving seems unsure on earth is flat comment now 2017

Kyrie Irving now unsure on ‘earth is flat’ comment

Chris MauriceFebruary 21, 2017
Pelicans Acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Kings for a Bag of Chips and a Flat Coca Cola 2017 images

Pelicans Acquire DeMarcus Cousins from Kings for a Bag of Chips and a Flat Coca-Cola

Chris MauriceFebruary 21, 2017
anthony davis committed to pelicans 2017 images

Anthony Davis committed to New Orleans Pelicans

Chris MauriceFebruary 20, 2017
all star game selection confusing for bradley beal and carmelo anthony 2017 images

NBA All-Star game selection confuses Bradley Beal, Carmelo Anthony

Chris MauriceFebruary 19, 2017
nba does some gatorade rebranding 2017

NBA does some Gatorade rebranding

Chris MauriceFebruary 16, 2017
lebron james and dwayne wade stick up for knicks charles oaskley arrest 2017 images

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade stand by Knicks Charles Oakley arrest

Chris MauriceFebruary 10, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription