Alright, so let’s try to catch up. The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting together one of the most wild trade deadline performances in NBA history. They have essentially traded half of their roster and got considerably younger in the process. But one of the most surprising moves of the day was the Cavs sending Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Cleveland is trading Dwyane Wade to Miami, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
In exchange for Wade, the Cavs will receive a heavily protected second round pick from the Heat. LeBron James was consulted on the deal, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
This is clearly not a basketball move, as Wade had performed well with the second unit throughout the season. It is likely that the team accommodated Wade’s wish to return home to Miami, especially with Jordan Clarkson likely taking over the bulk of the backup point guard responsibilities.
Wade, along with Isaiah Thomas reportedly had lead the locker room argument against Kevin Love. With the reported divide between the old guard and the newcomers, it looks like the Cleveland front office chose to stick with what was left from their championship core and jettison everybody else.
This new Cavs team will look dramatically different, and much younger. It’s a shame to see Wade go, but I’m glad the team was able to accommodate him and send him to where he wanted to be, if he did want out. I’m sure we will learn more in the coming days.