A three-team trade has gone down in the NBA, with the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks. While it’s not a trade with any superstars, it features two solid role players in Rajon Rondo and Denzel Valentine.
The Lakers sent Rondo to the Cavs while they dealt Valentine to the Knicks. Valentine’s time in New York was short-lived as he has been waived. In order to complete a trade, everyone involved has to get something. Los Angeles acquired the draft rights for a player that is not expected to play in the NBA. Thus, the Knicks and the Lakers made this trade to free up cap room.
That being said, here are the grades for the Cavs-Lakers-Knicks Rajon Rondo trade.
Cleveland Cavaliers: B+
The Cavs received a tough blow when guard Ricky Rubio tore his ACL, ending his season. He was having a bounce-back campaign and making a significant impact on winning basketball. Cleveland has shocked the basketball world by starting out 21-16, as many expected them to be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.