What the Lakers-Cavaliers trade means for Isaiah Thomas

4:19PlayThe Cavaliers got younger and more athletic on Thursday. But are they better

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs sent Frye, point guard Isaiah Thomas and a protected 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Thomas appeared in just 15 games with Cleveland after getting traded from Boston, where he averaged a career-high 28.9 points per game last season and finished fifth in Most Valuable Player voting. He averaged 14.7 points, but Cleveland went 7-8 in those games. Clarkson has two more years left on his current deal, while Nance, whose father played seven seasons in Cleveland, is under contract through next season.

Just four months later, Frye was part of the first-ever Cavaliers NBA championship squad and has remained a key member of the team both on and off the court.

If LeBron James and/or Paul George decide to come to Los Angeles, then the Lakers can make it happen, but they can hold to something akin to a "max guys or nothing" stance and simply re-enter the bidding in 2019 when Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson and possibly Kawhi Leonard will be on the market. Jordan Clarkson has been one of the most productive bench guards in the league this season, and there's an opportunity for Thomas to have a high usage, especially with Lonzo Ball out with a knee injury.

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Pelinka said Thomas will not be bought out of his contract, a theory that was floated in the early moments following the trade.

The Cavs wanted defensive help, and Clarkson and Nance should help in that area.

With the stunning force of a LeBron James dunk, the Cavaliers shattered their roster.

UW's ticket office is offering full refunds to any fans who purchased single-game tickets for the Utah game, Henderson said. The three-time National Basketball Association champion also passed Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) on Cleveland's career rebounds list.

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Thus, they tried to split the difference on this trade, and largely wound up not doing much for their prospects either way. The Mavs will receive Doug McDermott from the Knicks while Denver receives Devin Harris and a future pick from the Mavs in the trade.

"It was hard for us to give up our two young players", Johnson said, "but I don't want to stay in 11th place". The moves help him short term and long term.

Thomas' fault or not, the team's front office has given LeBron a loud and clear message during this deadline, as they didn't consult him regarding the moves they did that sent Thomas, Crowder, Frye, Rose and Iman Shumpert away from the team. The two-time NBA All-Star (2015-17) owns career averages of 19.0 points (.441 FG%), 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 456 career games (323 starts).

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