In a stunning move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Isaiah Thomas and Channing Fryre and a 1st round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance
The trade also means the Lakers have freed up cap space to go after Paul George or LeBron James in the off-season. As it stands, the Lakers will go into the off-season with $47m in cap space if they keep Julius Randle. Without Randle, the Lakers will have $58m in cap space and that’s if they don’t use stretch provision on Luol Deng.
Isaiah Thomas joined the Cavaliers in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Thomas was injured for the first half of the season with a hip injury. He’s since played 15 games for the Cavs averaging 14.7 points per game and 4.7 assists. In the 15 games he played, the Cavaliers went 7-8.
By bringing in Clarkson and Nance, the Cavs are adding younger players to the roster. Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game on 45% shooting. Meanwhile, Nance averages 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Cavs currently sit third in the East and are coming off an overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.