Lakers Acquire Isaiah Thomas From Cavs

Isaiah Thomas happy in Cleveland doesn’t want Cavs to trade him

The Cavaliers traded away Thomas, as well as Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick in 2018 to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. They've defended poorly and had troubles incorporating several new players after a summer of change.

That hip injury kept Thomas out until January and contributed to a rocky five-week stint with the Cavaliers.

However, the Lakers likely have even more time than that because the delay makes teams more reluctant to commit to offer sheets with other teams' restricted free agents. He's been an efficient rim-runner for the Lakers, but is making a large impact on defense with his ability to switch onto guards and wings on the perimeter and hold his own.

Nance is actually the more intriguing player for Cleveland, at least for the rest of this season.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.

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Thomas joined the Cavs during the offseason as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Cavaliers cannot trade the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick for 2018 until after the draft.

The Lakers need to figure out how to make these pieces work together now, and they have to figure out how the Lonzo Ball/Thomas dynamic is going to work. He shot an inefficient 36.1 percent from the floor and just 25.3-percent from 3-point range - struggling to become the secondary scorer beside LeBron James. The number one suitor for James has reportedly been the Lakers. That could open up the possibility for two max contracts in 2018 or 2019. This move wasn't about that for the Lakers. He is averaging 14.7 points a game.

It's no secret the special bond between LeBron James and Wade. "We're going to miss them, but they're going to a good situation". Clarkson is signed up to a four-year, $50million contract and will not be a free agent until after 2020. Since so few teams have cap space this season, it is entirely possible that the market for Randle has either partially or fully dried up, potentially allowing the Lakers to get him at a reasonable salary that could be traded later on without requiring an asset. They did so by sending out Nance. The Cavaliers also received shooting guard Jordan Clarkson in the deal. He returned home to play three seasons for the University of Washington. Frye will be a solid bench veteran for a young big man group.

According to the rumors, the coaches have had to coach effort more than basketball.

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