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NBA Trade Deadline: Rose, Wade Traded by Cavaliers

Nelson, acquired in the Mirotic trade, never suited up for the Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a busy NBA trade deadline day so far, as they have already made a pair of intriguing deals. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have traded point guard Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade. 

Rose, who signed with the Cavaliers after playing a season with the New York Knicks, averaged 9.8 points and 1.6 assists per game with Cleveland this season, but couldn't stay healthy as an ankle injury hampered him through much of the year. 

The Jazz are expected to waive Rose, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. 

The Cavaliers also sent Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings as part of the deal, according to Wojnarowski. 

In exchange, the Cavaliers will receive George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz. The Jazz will send Joe Johnson to the Kings to complete the swap. 

The Cavaliers weren't done, as they also traded guard Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat, according to Wojnarowski. Wade has averaged 11.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season, and will go back to the team where he began his NBA career. 

In exchange, the Cavaliers will get a protected second round pick. 

2:11 p.m.: 

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but trades are still trickling in throughout the NBA: 

-Emmanuel Mudiay has been traded to the New York Knicks, according to Wojnarowski. The trade, involving three teams, sends former Bulls guard Doug McDermott to the Dallas Mavericks, point guard Devin Harris to the Nuggets, and a future second round pick will head to Denver, as the Nuggets will swap picks with the Knicks in 2018. 

-The Bulls made their second minor trade of the day, acquiring Noah Vonleh and cash from Portland in exchange for the draft rights to Milocan Rakovic. 

-The Magic have traved Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a second round pick, according to Wojnarowski. 

-According to Charania, Sheldon Mac has been traded from Washington to Atlanta. Further compensation in the deal was not reported. 

-Dante Cunningham is heading to the Brooklyn Nets, and the Pelicans will acquire Dane Cunningham in the swap, Charania says. 

11:50 a.m.: The Chicago Bulls are looking to make some moves as the NBA trade deadline approaches, and they’ve reportedly made their first swap of the day.

According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Bulls have acquired center Willie Reed from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for point guard Jameer Nelson.

The trade also gives the Bulls the right to swap second round picks with the Pistons in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Nelson, acquired by the Bulls in the trade that sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans, did not appear in any games for the team after the swap, but will look to bolster Detroit’s depth at guard.

Meanwhile, the Bulls are expected to waive Reed, according to KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Reed is currently serving a suspension for an alleged domestic incident, but will have to find another NBA home after the Bulls cut him.

The Bulls could potentially trade away other players before the deadline, which is set for 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Center Robin Lopez tops that list, but other players like guard Justin Holliday could also potentially be on the block.

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Here’s a look at what the rest of the NBA is doing:

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a huge splash, as they’ve sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye, and a protected 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers, according to the report, are looking to clear room for two max contract slots in free agency, where they will reportedly make a run at Paul George when he hits the market.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will get younger as they try to bolster their roster for a run at another Eastern Conference crown. Thomas never really fit into their plans after he was acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade, and the team is hopeful Clarkson will pair well with LeBron James down the stretch. 

In the other trade of the day, the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired Brice Johnson from the Pistons in exchange for James Ennis. The Pistons will also send a second round pick to the Grizzlies in the swap. 

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