Isaiah Thomas lasted simply 15 video games on LeBron James’ staff.
The Cavs are sending Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance forward of the NBA commerce deadline, based on a report from ESPN.
The Lakers will reportedly additionally obtain a protected first-round decide within the deal.
Cleveland can be reportedly dealing Dwyane Wade again to Miami in a wild ultimate push earlier than the three p.m. ET deadline.
However, wait, there’s extra.
The Cavs apparently are additionally getting Rodney Hood and George Hill as a part of a Three-team deal involving the Jazz and Kings.
Cleveland landed Thomas in a shock commerce with the Celtics in August after Kyrie Irving mentioned he was bored with taking part in in LeBron’s shadow. The Cavs pulled the commerce regardless of realizing that Thomas’ hip damage would sideline him for a superb chunk of the primary half.
Irving and the Celtics (39-16) have emerged as the perfect staff within the Jap Convention whereas the LeBrons have struggled.
In his transient run with the Cavs, Thomas has averaged 14.7 factors and four.5 assists in 14 begins. Cleveland went simply 7-Eight with Thomas within the lineup.
“He is labored too laborious to get again, and he is a ball dominant participant,” Thomas’ agent, Aaron Goodwin, advised EPSN. “It is LeBron’s ball, and this clearly wasn’t working. (Cavs GM) Koby (Altman) and I’ve had sufficient conversations the place it was clear, with the way in which the system was going, it wasn’t helpful for both social gathering. This can be a good alternative for Isaiah.”
Since Thomas and Frye – a former Knick – are each on expiring contracts the transfer frees up transfer cap area for the Lakers to make a run on the high free-agent targets subsequent season. ESPN tasks the Lakers to have $46.9 million in cap room this summer season. James shifting on to the Lakers this summer season has been a scorching rumor all season.
The Thomas commerce additionally ends the awkwardness of a return journey to Boston this weekend. The Celtics had initially deliberate a tribute video to Thomas’ three seasons in Boston on the identical night time Paul Pierce was going to have his jersey retirement ceremony. After Pierce grumbled about having to share the stage with Thomas, the 5-9 guard took the excessive street.
“I might prefer to thank the Celtics for his or her gracious supply to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston,” Thomas tweeted in January. “However because it seems this has precipitated some controversy w/Paul Pierce’s night time I might ask the Celtics as a substitute to focus all of their consideration on #34’s profession.”
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