Cavaliers trading Isaiah Thomas for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance


On the eve of the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made a decision to offload guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thomas, who was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers, was originally scheduled to be at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on February 15 for the Huskies' game against Utah. After an abysmal start to the season in Cleveland, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline.

While the trade looks to strengthen the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff and possibly NBA Finals' chances, the Los Angeles Lakers have its fair share of bright prospects. Obviously, they want the Lakers to do as poorly as possible, and Thomas should be given the freedom to carry them like he did when he first came to Boston.

It was clear that Isaiah Thomas and LeBron James didn't work together on the court. Thomas was the Pac-10 Tournament MVP in 2010 and '11. Both players are very young coming in at 25 years of age and will be under contract going into next year's season. Nance is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Getting the first-round pick gives the Lakers another asset to use to clear additional salary in the future. Who knows how long it could take for him to start getting back to the way he played previous year.

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The results with Thomas, who missed the first two-plus months of the season rehabbing an injured hip, in the lineup haven't been productive either. This trade was about clearing out the combined $14.7 million owed to Clarkson and Nance for the 2018 season. Clarkson is a lifetime 44.2 percent shooter from the field and 33.2 percent from three-point range. Thomas played all six games in leading the Celtics to a 4-2 series win over Chicago before flying home for her funeral.

The Cavs will receive guard Jordan Clarkson and big man Larry Nance while sending Thomas, center Channing Frye, and their first-round pick to the Lakers.

At just 5-foot-9, Thomas was impressively the NBA's top slasher, leading the league in points per game on drives (9.5).

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