Isaiah Thomas won’t have to worry about questioning Kevin Love’s desire to play as a Cavs teammate. That’s because they are no longer teammates, as IT3 along with Channing Frye and a protected 2018 first round pick were traded to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. according to ESPN.
The trade marks the end of Isaiah Thomas experiment in Cleveland, where he was traded to from the Boston Celtics per-season for Kyrie Irving. Thomas, who surgery on his hip labrum at the end of last season, isn’t yet the player who was second in the NBA in scoring. He’s also rumored to not be getting along with certain players, namely the aformentioned Love. He ended his tenure playing only 15 games, averaging 14.5 ppg and the Cavs having a record of 7-8 in that span.
Before being traded, Thomas expressed his desire to stay in Cleveland, after several experts started linking him as a potential trade piece.
The cavs are getting two 25 year olds who were part of a Laker team on a bit of hot streak lately, winning 7 of their last 10 games. Clarkson is averaging 14.5 ppg, while Nance Jr. is at 8.6 ppg and 6.8 rebound per game. Nance Jr. also joins the team where his dad played at an All-Star level in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Both Thomas and Frye have contracts expiring at the end of the season, which allows the Lakers to clear salary cap space for next season’s impending free agents, which wil likely include…LeBron James.