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Isaiah Thomas moving on again, traded to Lakers

Rob Bradford
February 08, 2018 - 12:35 pm

The Isaiah Thomas era in Cleveland was short-lived.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are shipping the former Celtic guard to the Lakers along with Channing Frye and a No. 1 pick in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. Ramon Shelbourne of ESPN reports Los Angeles intends to keep both Frye and Thomas, who is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season.

The trade comes after Thomas was critical of Cleveland's coaching staff for not making in-game adjustments.

In 15 games with the Cavs this season Thomas was averaging 14.7 points and 27.1 minutes per game, having missed the season's first two-plus months while recovering from hip surgery.

As for what it means for Cleveland, it gets a useful rebounding forward in Nance (8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds per game) and Clarkson, who is a playmaker and can put the ball in the basket (14.5 points per game).

The presence of Thomas on the Lakers still impact the Celtics. While it does get the guard out of the conference -- with the Cavaliers sitting in the No. 3 spot in the East, seven games in back of Boston -- it potentially adds some wins to a Los Angeles team that the C's need to finish between No. 2 and No. 5 in the NBA Draft Lottery in order to get its pick. Right now there are eight teams with worse records than Luke Walton's team.

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