Five Takeaways From the Madness of the NBA Trade Deadline

After a slow, boring rumble, deadline day exploded with deals Thursday afternoon, as numerous teams made a flurry of moves that saw intriguing names switch squads. The Cavs were the most active, rebuilding their roster by acquiring Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., while sending away Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and (deep breath) ISAIAH THOMAS. Outside of Cleveland, we saw some surprising moves—Elfrid Payton is worth only a second-round pick???—and some surprising non-moves—why is Tyreke Evans still in Memphis?

If your head is still spinning from all the action, well, we’re in the same boat. You can catch up on all the madness with The Crossover’s trade deadline live blog. If you want to know what’s most important moving forward, here are five takeaways from Thursday’s trade deadline.

1. No one wants to lose a first-round pick

With the salary cap flatlining, cheap labor is as important as ever in the NBA. As a result, teams seemed reluctant to part ways with first-round picks at the deadline. The Cavs were the only team to trade one, and it will be their own

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