Jordan Clarkson has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are shipping All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an ESPN.com report by Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday (Friday morning, Manila time).
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The succession of moves, however, does not come without great risk for the Cavaliers and their first-year general manager, Koby Altman, whose trade with the Lakers could help Los Angeles immensely in its expected pursuit of LeBron James in free agency this summer. League rules prohibited the Cavs from trading both first round picks. Many people believed the Lakers could buy out Frye, but for now, it sounds like the Lakers will be holding onto him. "I just want to be where I'm wanted". The third-year forward was traded from the Lakers, alongside Jordan Clarkson, to Cleveland.
The Lakers need to figure out how to make these pieces work together now, and they have to figure out how the Lonzo Ball/Thomas dynamic is going to work.More news: John Horgan won't retaliate in pipeline feud with Alberta
With the stunning force of a LeBron James dunk, the Cavaliers shattered their roster. Cleveland doesn't have the defensive talent to hide Thomas on that end of the court, and with his scoring and efficiency both trending in the wrong direction he was hurting the team when he was on the court.
Thomas, 29, was born February 7, 1989, in Tacoma, Wash., and was named after former Detroit Pistons star guard Isiah Thomas.
"I'm exhausted of being traded", Thomas told reporters after last night's overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thomas averaged 15.2 points and connected on a career-best 39.2 percent from 3-point range. Since a victory over Chicago on December 21, the Cavs are 7-13, and they are just ½ game ahead of Washington and a game ahead of Miami for third place in the Eastern Conference. He posted career bests of 28.9 points, a 46.3 field-goal percentage and a 90.9 free-throw percentage, in addition to 5.9 assists per game. But if he plays, this move is good for him. He was even considered for the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player award.More news: 'He's achieved a terrific job': Matt Patricia retains Jim Bob Cooter
Frye averaged 10.4 FanDuel points in 44 games (one start) for the Cavaliers this season, with 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.7 3-pointers per contest.