On the eve of the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made a decision to offload guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Wednesday night, following the Cavs overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and as the trade rumors started to gain momentum, Thomas told ESPN that he was exhausted of being traded and hoped to stay in Cleveland.
Earlier this year, Thomas requested that the Boston Celtics hold off on playing a video tribute to their former star because he wouldn't be playing in the game (which the Cavs lost). Acquiring both Thomas and Frye accomplishes that for them, as both players will be free agents after the season.
Thomas played for Washington from 2008-11, averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 assists per game in three seasons. The Lakers lost in four. Previous year on the Celtics, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game while making 46 percent of his shots. "It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working". This will allow the Lakers to potentially make a run at LeBron James over this summer or possibly another big time free agent. It's also forced Washington to change the date it was planning to retire the jersey of standout guard Isaiah Thomas.More news: $560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'
A two-time all-star, Thomas has also proven himself capable of running offenses himself, both when Ball sits and with him on the floor.
A lot can happen before the February 8 trade deadline. "There is nothing we can do about it". His most recent was directed at the Cavs inability to make in-game adjustments, sometime Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said was simply "not true". "So you put your head down, play hard, play for us".
First of all, there are a lot of different directions this trade could go.
Minutes later, they acquired scoring swingman Rodney Hood from Utah and point guard George Hill from Sacramento in a 3-team trade, before trading Dwyane Wade to Miami for a second-round pick.
After three straight Finals appearances and a title in 2016, the Cavs are now third in the East.