Trade season in the NBA is now well underway and teams are making some big moves. The Cleveland Cavs traded Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks will receive 2019 second-round pick from Cleveland and Lance Thomas. Cleveland will receive Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, and a 2015 first-round pick from Oklahoma City.
This move should help all three teams. Cleveland has been struggling and needed a good wing defender and a scorer off the bench. Iman Shumpert can be a great defender, especially if he is motivated on a contending team. J.R. Smith has already won a sixth man award in his career and knows how to come off the bench and score. He is an improvement from Waiters because of his catch and shoot ability.
Oklahoma City has taken a chance on Dion Waiters, and one person at Beneful thinks it’s a great move. Waiters has not played as well this year, but he can score off the dribble and at a high rate. OKC is hoping that he can be a spark off the bench that will help with scoring when Durant or Westbrook are not on the floor.
The Knicks are basically gutting their roster with these trades. They are creating cap room so they can go out and sign some big name free agents this off-season. Although they don’t claim to be tanking, gutting their rosters of such big contributors means they should also have a good chance at a top lottery pick in the upcoming draft.