Earlier in the week, the NBA trade rumors pointed to veteran big man Channing Frye moving to the Los Angeles Clippers.
However, the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers swooped in and stole Frye from the Clippers after convincing the Orlando Magic in a three-way trade that also involved the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Clippers reportedly delayed the decision on acquiring Frye in a deal that involved Lance Stephenson, C.J. Wilcox and a future second round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Sam Amick of USA Today Sports confirmed the three-way deal on Thursday stating that Anderson Varejao is on his way to Portland, who will give up a second round pick to Orlando. Varejao is reportedly not expected to be in the Trail Blazers’ roster very long and will be waived.
Wojnarowski added that the Cavaliers will send a future pick to Portland in the deal.
To take on Varejao's deal, the pick that Cleveland sends to Portland will be a 2018 first-round pick, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 18, 2016
The Cavaliers were involved in a lot of NBA trade rumors this week with speculations that star forward Kevin Love is on his way out of Cleveland. However, it appears LeBron’s team is okay with acquiring role players like Frye to help them in their postseason run.
The Cavaliers are the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference with 38 wins against 14 losses at the NBA All-Star break. Frye is expected to join the rotation in Cleveland immediately with his ability to hit the three-pointer even though he plays the power forward or center positions.
Frye averages 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 44 games this season.
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