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Report: Cavs trade Isaiah Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers complete huge trade during the NBA's Thursday trade deadline.  Feb. 8, 2018 (Photo courtesy of ESPN//Twitter) 

The Cleveland Cavaliers just made a huge splash during the NBA's Thursday trade deadline by moving point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a protected 2018 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN reports the Cavaliers also traded guard Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat, and also grabbed Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-team deal with the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings.

According to ESPN, the Cavs are sending Iman Shumpert and a 2020 second-round pick from the Miami Heat to the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento receives Joe Johnson from Utah. The Jazz acquire Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from the Cavs.

Thomas was acquired by the Cavs in Aug. 2017 from the Boston Celtics for guard Kyrie Irving. The Thomas experiment never quite worked out well with Cleveland as he was rehabbing from a hip injury and was publicly critical of the team. He criticized the team's lack of defense and the coaching staff's inability to make in-game adjustments. The point guard also tweaked fellow teammate Kevin Love for leaving a game early a few weeks ago due to illness.

Thomas averages 14.7 points a game with the Cavaliers. Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game, while Nance averages 8.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds with the Lakers.

Frye reacted to the news of his trade on Instagram.

Washington Wizards power forward Markieff Morris also chimed in on the Thomas trade saying, "That's how it goes when you talk your way out of town."

The acquisitions of Clarkson and Nance makes the Cavs more younger and athletic. Moreover, it gives the team a glimmer of hope to make a deep playoff run, while potentially convincing superstar LeBron James to remain with the team instead of leaving for free agency this summer.

Nance's father Larry Nance Sr. played for the Cavaliers in the early '90s.

From the Lakers perspective, this trade helps them clear cap space to go after marquee free-agents this summer like James and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Paul George, who is a Los Angeles native, or possibly both.


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