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Jordan Clarkson traded to Cavaliers, who have blown up their roster

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is getting a bunch of new teammates.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is getting a bunch of new teammates. The Associated Press

The NBA certainly has its faults, but no professional sports league has a more interesting trade-deadline day.

That was certainly the case Thursday, and nothing was as engrossing as the Cleveland Cavaliers blowing up their roster. In the span of an hour, the Cavs traded six players. Keep in mind that NBA teams must carry a minimum of 12 active players (and one inactive).

First, the Lakers dealt Jordan Clarkson, the former Missouri player, and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and a first-round pick.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏ broke that news on Twitter.

Next, the Cavaliers were part of a three team-trade with Sacramento and Utah. Cleveland sent Derek Rose and Jae Crowder to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert to the Kings.

The breakdown: Kings get Joe Johnson and Shumpert; Jazz get Rose and Crowder; Cavaliers got Rodney Hood and George Hill.

Cleveland then trading Dwyane Wade to Miami for a second-round pick.

Wow. That’s a lot of activity, right?

People on Twitter reacted to the rash of trades by the Cavaliers — as did one player, according to ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin:

Mexico, Mo., welcomed its conquering hero and favorite son, 1995 Raytown graduate Tyronn Lue, back home in style on Saturday at Mexico High. Lue coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title and he reflected on the role Kansas City played

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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