The Isaiah Thomas experiment in Cleveland is already over, as the Cavs have traded Thomas to the Lakers along with Channing Frye and their own first round pick, and got back the duo of guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.
What’s so funny about this trade is, Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye are both expiring contracts, so the Cavs are helping the Lakers clear cap space for next summer. The Lakers are expected to use that cap space to attempt to sign Cavs superstar LeBron James.
This move does help the Cavaliers now, Jordan Clarkson is better than any guard on the Cavs roster, and Larry Nance Jr is an athletic big man who can improve the Cavs inside especially with Kevin Love sidelined for two months.
While the Cavs did have to trade their own first round pick in this deal, they keep the highly coveted Brooklyn Nets pick, Clarkson and Nance Jr are also both only 25-years-old and give the Cavs much needed youth and athleticism.
I do feel bad for Isaiah Thomas, who is struggling to come back from a serious hip injury, he looked like he was going to get a max contract from the Boston Celtics at points last season when he was an NBA MVP candidate. Now IT is an expiring contract who will get a mid level one year deal on the free agent market this summer