Monday evening’s surprising three-team swap — involving the Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers — alerted the rest of the league to how quickly the trade deadline is coming up. With February 19 looming and a host of teams ostensibly a piece or two away from grabbing the Larry O’Brien trophy in a wide-open year, it’s time to expect dominoes to start falling.
Buzz about this winter being a particularly active one on the trade market seems prescient today. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks have completed a huge swap.
The Knicks send J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavs in the deal, while the Thunder will get much-maligned guard Dion Waiters. The Knicks end up with a collection of waivable, non-guaranteed contracts, including Lance Thomas, Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson.