NBA Trade Deadline Chaos

An inside look at how last minute trades will shake up the rest of the season

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NBA Trade Deadline Chaos

Some players this season switched up their jerseys

Some players this season switched up their jerseys

Photo by Andrew Mize

Some players this season switched up their jerseys

Photo by Andrew Mize

Photo by Andrew Mize

Some players this season switched up their jerseys

Andrew Mize, Staff Reporter

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At 3 p.m. ET on February 8th, NBA front offices got to take a sigh of relief after the trade deadline passed, which meant that the their teams were all but finalized for the rest of the season. On this day, many trades went down that took the league by storm, which included former All-Star Isaiah Thomas and hometown hero, Doug McDermott, and hopefully work out for the better as the postseason, and a shot at the title looms nearer.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made the headlines as the NBA champions from two years were struggling to win more than one game in a row. The management (and Lebron James) knew that things had to change and change fast if they wanted to be a serious contender for lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Seven new players joined Cleveland’s roster and notable names like Dwayne Wade, who moved back to the Heat, Derrick Rose, who moved to the Utah Jazz, and Isaiah Thomas, who moved to the City of Angels, were traded away to freshen up the team. Although the team has a brand new face, their are still four players from the 2016 title team that still have faith in the team including Kevin Love and ‘the King’ himself, Lebron James.

A trade that affected the metro area went down as Doug ‘McBuckets’ McDermott was traded in a three team deal to the Dallas Mavericks from the New York Knicks, under the helm of Mark Cuban. “I think Doug will do good things in Dallas. Getting traded is always a hard process, especially mid season, but he has already played some good minutes for the Mavericks. It is really cool that he gets to play with his former teammate Harrison Barnes. It will be a great reunion for the two players after not playing with each other for many years,” said junior Sydney McDermott. McDermott was a great player and a Wooden player of the year player during his playing time at Creighton. He is a great physical player and a threat from beyond the three point arc that will make any team think twice about sagging off of their assignment.

As the NBA season transitions from a marathon into a sprint, many teams made moves to increase their odds at hardware as the season grows to a close in June. These roster moves are keys for each team in trying out new talent, while still incorporating the core pieces that have been growing within the past few years. As a trade deadline for the books wraps up, teams are looking to get the best out of their players now more than ever.

Andrew Mize

Andrew joined the Flightline in August of 2017. He is a senior this year, involved in cross country, track, HOSA and Guardians. Outside of school, he enjoys watching football, Netflix and listening to music. You can email him at [email protected]