The Cavaliers traded the point guard and forward Channing Frye to the Lakers on Thursday for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance, according to the source.
Thomas' fault or not, the team's front office has given LeBron a loud and clear message during this deadline, as they didn't consult him regarding the moves they did that sent Thomas, Crowder, Frye, Rose and Iman Shumpert away from the team.
The Isaiah Thomas experiment is over in Cleveland, and the Los Angeles Lakers have freed up cap space to go after LeBron James and Paul George.
In exchange, the Cavs will receive Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. Will this be the last we have heard from these teams? Both players are very young coming in at 25 years of age and will be under contract going into next year's season.
Cleveland have been looking for players who can help this season and beyond and Nance and Clarkson fit that mould.
That eventuality happened sooner than expected as a key part of a much larger deal involving Nance, Cleveland's first-rounder and some high-profile veterans, but Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka set the stage for an even more interesting July.
No event, though, was bigger than the trade which saw the Cavs do what no one thought they would when the season started: they showed Isaiah Thomas the door. "I just want to be where I'm wanted". It hasn't been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. Across the league, teams decided it was worth hanging onto such players instead of getting a minor asset or taking on future money. Thomas, who has never been shy about speaking his mind, had taken to blasting the Cavaliers after about every loss, and had made repeated pointed comments recently about coach Tyronn Lue.
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.