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Report: Isaiah Thomas traded to the Lakers

Thomas's move to the Lakers appears to be a tremendous trade for both franchises - the Cavs can contend now and the Lakers continue to prepare for free agency.


Kahron Spearman


ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded point guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. 

Los Angeles will also get the Cavs' first-round pick, which will be protected.

All of this, of course, means the ill-fated Thomas experiment is over. It could also suggest that the Cavs would like LeBron James to stay.

He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball dominant player."It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working. (Cavs GM) Koby (Altman) and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party. This is a good opportunity for Isaiah.

Nance is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and represents a return of the Nances. His father, Larry Sr., had a distinguished career in Cleveland. The athletic Clarkson, who can play both guard positions, is scoring 14.5 a game.

The other obvious key is that the Lakers are making room for James and possible Paul George.

ESPN's Bobby Marks broke down the specifics with the salary cap:

"The Lakers now take on the expiring $6.3M contract of Isaiah Thomas and $7.4M expiring contract of Channing Frye. The Lakers now project to have $46.9M in room this summer. The cap space will increase to $69M if they do not bring back Julius Randle and stretch the $37M owed to Luol Deng over 5 years."

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