Isaiah Thomas Traded To Lakers: #NBATwitter Reacts
09 February, 2018, 05:19 | Author: Greg Wolfe
"He's worked too hard to get back [from injury], and he's a ball dominant player", Thomas's agent, Aaron Goodwin told ESPN. They were not expected to do so. In sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, the team picked up two expiring contracts.
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. While Rose and Wade have missed a combined 44 games this season and have a lengthy injury history, Clarkson has played in all but three games over the past three seasons.
He averaged 14.3 points in 273 games and 3 and a half seasons for the Lakers. Frye, 34, was averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
However, the Cavaliers have led at the half of several games in recent weeks only to get blown out in the second half. He was texting with host Rachel Nichols and let it be known that Thomas will not be coming off the bench with the Lakers.
Maybe by trading Thomas, if he is the cause, the dissension will dissipate. Beyond that, however, Thomas was starting to become a distraction, calling out both teammates and coaches over the past few weeks while doing nothing on the court to justify this finger-pointing.
Hill, meanwhile, is locked into a contract that pays him roughly $37 million after this season and through 2020 (though the a year ago is not fully guaranteed). It's always cool when players decide before they leave a place that they want to say goodbye and shout out everyone involved in their time with their now-former team one last time. Or maybe, he simply doesn't like him.
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Thomaswas traded from the Kings to the Suns in 2014. The Suns turned around and sent him to Boston in February 2015.
While a pairing of Ball and Thomas could be fun offensively, it is unlikely the two will start together. The Lakers have found a workable chemistry with rookie Josh Hart filling in next to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram handling playmaking duties, but have long lacked anything close to a go-to scorer. It would also be much less onerous to either trade or stretch Deng at that point, paralleling his former teammate Joakim Noah's situation in NY without as much urgency to finalize the separation now.
The Lakersreportedly have interest in luring a number of high-profile free agents this summer or next year. I feel like they made some good moves.
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