The Cleveland Cavaliers roster continues to see a massive mid-season overhaul, as the team has landed two big names in Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and standout point guard George Hill from the Sacramento Kings.
ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski broke down the full details of the three-team trade:
Utah has traded Rodney Hood to Cleveland, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Utah will also send Joe Johnson to Sacramento, and Cleveland will send Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to Utah, league sources tell ESPN. Sacramento sends George Hill to the Cavs.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
The Cavaliers also traded Iman Shumpert and their 2020 second-round pick to the Kings in the trade, per Wojnarowski. The trade comes less than an hour after Cleveland acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick.
In Hood, the Cavaliers are landing a solid 25-year-old shooting guard who's averaging 16.8 points per game, while shooting an impressive .389 from downtown. Hood is signed through the 2018-19 season.
The Cavs were linked to George Hill in a possible trade throughout the season. He's in the first of a three-year pact worth $57 million that was signed last summer. Hill is averaging 10.3 points per game - a far cry from the 16.9 he averaged with the Utah Jazz a year ago.
Though Hood and Hill are two big impact players, the Cavs did have to sacrifice a strong bench player in Derrick Rose, and a solid two-way player in Jae Crowder. The former was signed as a free agent last summer, while the latter was a central piece of the Kyrie Irving trade.
Cleveland's front office had to make a handful of changes, as the team has struggled with a 31-22 record, good for third in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James can opt out of his contract and hit the open market this offseason, and it's expected he'll leave if the Cavaliers suffer an untimely exit in the playoffs.
The roster will look a whole lot different from here on out. Cleveland bids ado to Rose, Crowder, Shumpert, Thomas and Frye. In come Hill, Hood, Clarkson and Nance. We'll see if it's enough to help them win the East for a fourth-straight year.
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