On what was supposed to be a quiet Trade Deadline Day, the NBA World was shook when Isaiah Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Heres a full breakdown of the trade:
- Jordan Clarkson
- Larry Nance Jr.
- Isaiah Thomas
- Channing Frye
- The Cavaliers Own First Round Pick
Analysis – Cavaliers:
The Cavaliers did some good things and bad things in this trade. They did get rid of Isaiah Thomas, which I certainly thought they needed to do. Isaiah Thomas needed the ball in his hands to thrive, and that wasn’t going to happen as much as he wanted on a team like the Cavaliers. Thomas is also coming off of hip surgery, so it’s taking a while for him to find his game again. The Cavs don’t have time for that. However, I don’t love the return of Clarkson and Nance for Thomas. Let’s also not forget that Frye and a first-round pick were sent to the Lakers too. Clarkson and Nance are two good bench players, but were certainly overvalued by the Cavs. Overall, this trade will really tell us if the Cavaliers problems go beyond Isiah Thomas. It’s a decent trade for them.
Grade: B –
Analysis – Lakers:
This is a very good trade for the Lakers. Although Nance and Clarkson are decent players, you get a former all-star back in Isaiah Thomas, a veteran in Channing Frye, and a late first-round pick. I understand that Isaiah Thomas isn’t the player he was a year ago at this moment, but the Lakers aren’t going to the playoffs this year anyway. They can afford to let Isiah Thomas be Isaiah Thomas, and they have time to allow him to find his game again. I love the move to buy low on Isaiah Thomas. In addition, that late first-round pick could be used to replace either Clarkson or Nance if the right selection is made. I applaud the Lakers for this move.