Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Lakers Acquire Isaiah Thomas From Cavs

Isaiah Thomas left has been traded to the Lakers by Le Bron James Cleveland Cavaliers GETTY IMAGES Isaiah Thomas left has been traded to the Lakers by Le Bron James' Cleveland Cavaliers
Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 09:02

After an abysmal start to the season in Cleveland, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to welcome their new players in Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, and Rodney Hood, the trades that brought them to the Cavs have divided the opinion of many on whether these deals improved the team's roster or not. The Cavs will get back a protected second-round pick in the swap, ESPN said.

Thomas and Frye are both expiring contracts for the Lakers, giving them more possible cap space for the 2018 off-season.

On Wednesday night, following the Cavs overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and as the trade rumors started to gain momentum, Thomas told ESPN that he was exhausted of being traded and hoped to stay in Cleveland.

There were those were critical of the deal, especially considering Thomas was one of the centerpieces of the trade that sent multi-time Eastern Conference All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics back in August.

This is a developing story.

As for Thomas-who hasn't looked quite like himself since returning from a hip injury on January 2-Lakers head coach Luke Walton seemed to indicate the team plans to give him a steady diet of minutes right out of the gate. He had been the Lakers' sixth man, providing instant offense off the bench for much of the season. Clarkson, who is shooting 32.4 percent from three-point range, isn't going to be knocking down a lot of shots behind the arc.

Cleveland has been looking for players who can help this season and beyond and Nance and Clarkson fit that mold. "This is a good opportunity for Isaiah".

"I'm exhausted of being traded", he said. He is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Acquired from the Orlando Magic at the National Basketball Association trade deadline two years ago, Frye played in 144 games for the Cavs over the span of three seasons, averaging 7.5 points and 1.5 3-point makes per game.