NBA Trade Deadline: Cleveland Cavaliers trade Isaiah Thomas to Los Angeles Lakers


The Cavs packaged Isaiah Thomas with Channing Frye, as well as their 2018 first round pick, in exchange for point guard, Jordan Clarkson, and explosive forward, Larry Nance Jr.

Thomas was traded to Cleveland by the Boston Celtics in August, as part of the shocking Kyrie Irving trade. Thomas is averaging just 14.7 PPG on 36.1 % shooting.

Nance, who is making just under $1.5 million this year, has 1 year left on his current contract at $2.27 million but is under team control with a $3.37 million qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season.

Cleveland completely changed its look - and perhaps its chances of winning an National Basketball Association title this season - on Friday (AEDT) with a stunning sequence of trades before the deadline, a person with direct knowledge of the deals told The Associated Press. The list includes LeBron James, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, and Klay Thompson. Thomas complained often about teammates and coaching since returning on January 2 from a hip injury. The fourth-year guard from Missouri was the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Washington before being traded on draft night to the Lakers, where he went on to earn NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

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But that progress, while significant, is only one piece of the Lakers' puzzle.

Thus, they tried to split the difference on this trade, and largely wound up not doing much for their prospects either way.

The team traded away Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Dwyane Wade, Ian Shumpert, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose in three separate trades.

Cleveland completely changed its look - and perhaps its chances of winning a championship this season - on Thursday with a stunning sequence of deals. Isaiah was quoted last night after Cleveland's 140-138 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves saying, "I'm exhausted of being traded". Given their struggles of late, reshaping the roster was absolutely the correct move, and while it remains to be seen whether or not the team will ultimately make it to yet another NBA Finals, it's clear they made the best of a tough situation at the trade deadline. This trade was all about future cap space and the first round pick for the Lakers. His most recent was directed at the Cavs inability to make in-game adjustments, sometime Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said was simply "not true". "It hasn't been as planned, but I definitely want to be here". Hood is a restricted free agent this summer and might cost some money, and Clarkson is on a longer-term deal, but the Cavs got younger and more athletic Thursday in one fell swoop.