Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, Nance
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the the Los Angeles Lakers just before the trade deadline, a report said.
In a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are shipping away Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye and their 2018 first-round pick in exchange for Clarkson and Nance.
This after Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland in a deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, just said that he wanted to stay put for good.
“I don’t [want to be traded],” Thomas said on the eve of the trade cutoff according to a separate ESPN report. “I’m tired of being traded. That’s not a good thing, but I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship, and I want to be a part of that.”
It was only the diminutive guard’s 15th game with Cavaliers after a much-hyped return from a hip injury. He was averaging 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists before the trade.
The younger and taller Clarkson, meanwhile, is leaving the Lakers after four seasons where he averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1 steal.
Both Thomas and Frye have expiring contracts, as per the ESPN report.
Nance, a Ohio native, is following the footsteps of his father Larry Sr., who had an illustrious 14-year career with the Cavaliers. He registered 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in three seasons with the Lakers.
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