February 21, 2018

Cavaliers trading Isaiah Thomas to Lakers for Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson

09 February 2018, 05:15 | Marlene Fleming

GETTY IMAGES Isaiah Thomas left has been traded to the Lakers by Le Bron James' Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaiah Thomas left has been traded to the Lakers by Le Bron James Cleveland Cavaliers

Isaiah was quoted last night after Cleveland's 140-138 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves saying, "I'm exhausted of being traded". He told an ESPN reporter that he believed the "Greek Freak" would become an MVP candidate and win a championship with the Bucks. That's not a good thing, but I just want to be where I'm wanted.

The long-term concern for Cleveland is not so much what they gave up, but to whom. Larry Nance made Northeast Ohio a home as he starred on the Cavaliers during the 1990s. Hey, I'm off to the Lakers. This is now the third time that he has been traded from a team because of chemistry issues.

We will also learn a lot about head coach Luke Walton. "You get close with these guys". They've ... really bought into what we do and elevated their games. "It was great to be with them all of the time. We'll miss them and we're very thankful for what they've given us". Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game on 45-percent shooting.

Thomas, acquired by Cleveland in the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, played just 15 games for the Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury suffered last postseason.

Larry Nance Jr. has played with the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire National Basketball Association career. Cleveland did all of this without giving up Kevin Love or the its much sought after 2018 first-round pick from the Brooklyn Nets.

Pelinka said Thomas will not be bought out of his contract, a theory that was floated in the early moments following the trade. "We can't wait to get him here".

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The 5-foot-9 Thomas played three years at the University of Washington, receiving the blessing of similarly undersized former Huskies guard Nate Robinson to wear his No. 2 jersey.

With the score tied 138-all, Butler drove the left side and had a step on rookie Cedi Osman before pulling up for a short shot.

He ranked as the fourth-most efficient players * a href="*GE*65" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *(1.40 points per possession) among those with as many opportunities when running a transition offense last season. "Excited to get him in here".

Unfortunately, Johnson and the Lakers were not able to unload what is remaining on the four-year, $72 million contract they signed Luol Deng to back in the summer of 2016. Chances are Thomas will not be long for the Lakers either.

But that progress, while significant, is only one piece of the Lakers' puzzle. I like it here, it hasn't gone as planned, but I definitely want to be here.

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