Jordan Clarkson to the Cavs, as Isaiah Thomas goes to Lakers

Violet Powell
February 9, 2018

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the teams need National Basketball Association approval before the trade can be completed.

The Isaiah Thomas experiment is over in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers sent Thomas and forward Channing Frye to the Lakers in exchange for forward Jordan Clarkson and guard Larry Nance, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Thomas' defense, which never has been good, has torn to shreds thet silly string that was holding the Cavs' already poor defense together.

The Cavs also acquired Rodney Hood and George Hill as part of a three-team deal later in the afternoon, sending out Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz and Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings.

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The Celtics were not involved, but the Cavaliers and the Lakers just changed their season in multiple ways, and the ramifications of this trade could have a huge impact on this season, and the future for Boston. James went on Instagram to endorse the move for one of his best friends. Clarkson is signed up to a four-year, $50million contract and will not be a free agent until after 2020. [Cavaliers general manager] Koby Altman and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party.

After an 18-point loss to Orlando Tuesday, Thomas seemed to criticize the coaching staff for struggling to make in-game adjustments.

The Celtics had already scheduled to retire Paul Pierce's jersey during that game, however, and Pierce said on ESPN that he didn't like the idea of Thomas being honored on his special night. "That's not a good thing, but, I just want to be where I'm wanted". I like it here. I like it here, it hasn't gone as planned, but I definitely want to be here. The Cavaliers, though, had other plans and needed to do something rash while in a prolonged slump and with All-Star forward Kevin Love out with a broken left hand.

Thomas' net rating Wednesday - the Cavs' margin per 100 possessions when he's on the court - was minus-17. This would be the first time since James' return that the Cleveland Cavaliers will have two mobile big men to choose from, players that allow the team to feast on small-ball lineups thanks to their combination of size and quickness.

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