Just five months after a blockbuster deal sent him from Boston to Cleveland, Isaiah Thomas has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Cavaliers traded the point guard and Channing Frye to LA early Thursday afternoon in exchange for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and Cleveland’s 2018 first round pick (protected).
Cleveland is sending Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Thomas played just 15 games for the Cavaliers due to a hip injury, averaging 14.7 points over that span as Cleveland went 7-8. This comes one year after averaging 28.9 PPG as an All-Star in Boston. Thomas will be a free agent this summer.
The Lakers cleared some much needed cap space by unloading Clarkson’s $26 million over the next two years. This in addition to their newly acquired first round pick sets them up nicely for the next few summers.
Cleveland is currently 31-22 and in third place in the Eastern Conference. They remain 7 games back of the Celtics.