Cavaliers Send Isaiah Thomas And Channing Frye To Los Angeles Lakers

Jan 3 2018 Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas reacts while forward Le Bron James takes the bench as they take on the Boston Celtics in the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Nance the son of former Cavalier Larry Nance. Isaiah was quoted last night after Cleveland's 140-138 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves saying, "I'm exhausted of being traded". Even LeBron James had to declare he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause. The Cavaliers cannot trade the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick for 2018 until after the draft.

The majority of the team has improved this season, but those two have been heavily involved in trade rumors all season.

Ultimately, Isaiah Thomas and Cleveland just weren't a good match.

Because of sending their own pick to the Lakers, the Cavaliers are now unable to deal the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected selection in 2018, which is close to being the No. 1 overall choice.

Thomas only played in 15 games with Cleveland and has looked like a different player since returning from a hip injury that kept him from playing in the first half of the 2017-18 season.

Maybe by trading Thomas, if he is the cause, the dissension will dissipate.

They'll receive guard George Hill from the Kings in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert. The cap space will increase to $69 million if they do not bring back Julius Randle and stretch the $37 million owed to Luol Deng over five years.

Mitch Kupchak was a notoriously tough negotiator in trades, and if this is the precedent the new regime is setting, times are a'changin' for the Lakers.

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.

While Thomas and Frye can absolutely contribute to the Lakers for the remainder of this season - though Frye makes sense as a buyout candidate - both of them are on expiring contracts while Clarkson and Nance will make a combined $14.8 million next season. The Cavs will be getting two athletic players to help them make a run in the Eastern Conference, while the Lakers will be getting a pick to help them acquire assets in the offseason or build for the future.

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