New Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas - what you need to know

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2018

Just as us folks on the east coast we're sitting down to eat our lunch, the NBA Trade Deadline got interesting.

Thomas played for Washington from 2008-11, averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 assists per game in three seasons.

The Curtis High School graduate has been traded from the floundering Cleveland Cavilers to the Los Angeles Lakers, along with forward Channing Fyre and the Cavs' first-round pick in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., sources told ESPN this morning. The Cavs will keep the other first-round pick in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston last summer for Thomas. But Cleveland picks up luxury tax relief with this trade this season. The Lakers' now have $46.9 million in cap room for the summer but that could increase to as much as $69 million, if they decide not to re-sign Julius Rangle and stretch out Luol Deng's $37 million deal over five years. Nance will also bring some energy in the frontcourt for a team that has been criticized for a lack of effort almost all season.

Following the win, Thomas expressed his desire not to get traded again. The Lakers and first-year general manager Rob Pelinka untie themselves from long-term commitments - namely to Clarkson - that could have prevented the flexibility to add James or Paul George, two of the top potential free agents this summer.

Although the trade sending Thomas to the Lakers is major news, it appears that will be Cleveland's only massive move of the day.

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Reports are that the Lakers will not buyout either Thomas or Frye.

Thomas might expect to step into a starting spot given the success he had past year with the Boston Celtics, but his game simply isn't there right now. The Cavaliers also received shooting guard Jordan Clarkson in the deal. Previous year on the Celtics, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game while making 46 percent of his shots.

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.

Thomas was traded to the Celtics on February 19, 2015, for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick.

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