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Isaiah Thomas Traded to the Lakers, Cavs Career Ends With LeBron Ignoring His Ass

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.

Nance was a first-round draft pick by the Lakers in 2015, selected 27th overall.

The blockbuster deal was first reported three hours before the NBA's trade deadline, and kickstarted a flurry of activity that saw the Cavs completely overhaul their roster in hopes of winning another championship before LeBron James becomes a free agent in July. So first, we'll tackle the fantasy winners and losers on the teams they traded with, then circle back to round up the fantasy impact of the new-look Cavs' lineup. [Cavaliers general manager] Koby Altman and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party.

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

In Jordan and Nance, whose father played for Cleveland, the Cavs are adding a pair of young players with upside.

Only five other players drafted before him - No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, No. 9 pick Kemba Walker, No. 11 pick Klay Thompson, No. 15 pick Kawhi Leonard and No. 30 pick Jimmy Butler - played in an All-Star Game, which Thomas eventually did in 2016 and 2017. Hopefully Clarkson and Nance Jr. make immediate and lasting impacts for this Cavaliers team and can provide LeBron the support he needs in order to win his fourth finals title in his career. "You don't want to foul him, and I thought KAT (Towns) had great pressure on the ball".




The team traded a shocking amount of players but received quite a bit of talent back in the deals.

- PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) February 8, 2018When Isaiah Thomas publicly criticized the coaches i knew it was a wrap.

Cleveland is just 7-13 since Christmas Day, and the club's slide has coincided with Thomas' comeback from an injury.

Over his four-year National Basketball Association career, Clarkson, 25, has averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 273 games. He posted career bests of 28.9 points, a 46.3 field-goal percentage and a 90.9 free-throw percentage, in addition to 5.9 assists per game. But he's a defensive liability on a defensively challenged team and the Cavs felt it was best to move him.

Without Ball at the helm, the Lakers have been a top-10 team when looking at points allowed per 100 possessions (104.4) and possessions per game (100.70), according to NBA.com.

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