As if the Cavaliers earlier trade for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. wasn’t enough, Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cavaliers have now traded for Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings. The implication is clear: the Cavs are going for it and they are looking to improve their defense in a major way.
The complete trade looks like this:
Cleveland gets: Rodney Hood and George Hill
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This is pretty big for the Cavs who got younger and better defensively through two trades that completely reshaped their roster. Say what you will about owner Dan Gilbert, but this team just got even more expensive than it already was and he is willing to spend to win with this team. Their roster is now significantly younger and better. Their top nine should look something like this going forward:
That is one heck of a rotation although it is lacking in size a bit. Still, in today’s wing dominated NBA this is the type of athletic team that can compete with anybody. There will be an adjustment period, but this is a team that I like a lot more than the one I have seen throughout this season. I think they are the top contender in the Eastern Conference after these trades and Boston is behind the eight ball right now.
The trade makes sense for Utah. They were likely going to lose Rodney Hood this summer so getting him back for Jae Crowder, a player with theoretically the same skill set, is a great grab.
The Kings also made a smart move in dumping that George Hill contract so that they could further focus on De’Aaron Fox as their point guard of the future. This trade will save them $10 million next season which is the exact sort of trade they should be making in their competition cycle.
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