Isaiah Thomas‘ Cavalier career is over.
At the trade deadline, The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Thomas, Channing Frye, and their 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
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Thomas was acquired from the Celtics in August in the bigger deal for Kyrie Irving, who had said he wanted out of Cleveland.
Thomas was rehabbing from a hip injury and ended up only playing 15 games for the Cavaliers. He averaged 14.7 points, but Cleveland went 7-8 in those games.
At first glance, this trade makes sense for both teams. As the Lakers are looking to create the necessary cap space for two max contract players, Thomas and Frye’s contracts are both expiring and Los Angeles is projected to have $46.9 million this upcoming free agency.
As for the Cavaliers who are the oldest team in the league, they have added two young prospects who should provide some much-needed energy. Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game on 45-percent shooting. Nance averages 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Ironically, this trade is a win-win for LeBron James. The moves help him short term and long term. Win or lose this season, many believe LeBron is out of Cleveland. Now with this trade, the Lakers will the opportunity to offer James a max contract.