Ex-Celtics star Isaiah Thomas traded from Cavaliers to Lakers, report says
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 09, 2018,
Feb 09, 2018, 2:03
While the Cavs are giving away assets, they needed to make a trade.
The Cavaliers beat the February 8 3 p.m. trading deadline by sending Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their own 2018 first round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., according to multiple reports.
The recent trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers has carved a path for the latter to go after two max-contract 2018 free agents, LeBron James and Paul George, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
Saying things haven't gone as planned for Thomas is an understatement.
Thomas' defense, which never has been good, has torn to shreds thet silly string that was holding the Cavs' already poor defense together. Past year on the Celtics, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game while making 46 percent of his shots.
Thomas will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and it will be interesting to see how much money he commands and where he ends up.
With the stunning force of a LeBron James dunk, the Cavaliers shattered their roster.
Thomas played for Washington from 2008-11, averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 assists per game in three seasons.
A 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward who played his prep basketball at Revere High School in Richfield, Nance is averaging career highs in points (8.6), rebounds (6.8) and steals (1.4) this season, while shooting 60.1 percent from the field in 42 games for the Lakers.
Thomas, who turned 29 on Wednesday, wasn't working out.
There's also something about Thomas that needs to be addressed.
With this move, the ill-fated and brief Isaiah Thomas era in Cleveland is over.
The Cavs are just 6-7 in games that Thomas has played in, and he has drawn plenty of criticism for his defensive limitations and outspoken antics and criticism of the locker room. They responded to every Timberwolves run and trailed inside of 90 seconds left in both regulation and overtime. The trade I believe complicates matters between Lonzo Ball and Thomas though.
"For us to be any, to have any type of success, we gotta understand we're all we got", Thomas said.