NBA: Jordan Clarkson to the Cavs, as Isaiah Thomas goes to Lakers — report


Posted at Feb 09 2018 01:26 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2018 02:31 AM

Jordan Clarkson has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are shipping All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers, according to an report by Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday (Friday morning, Manila time). 

Together with Clarkson, the Cavaliers will also receive Larry Nance Jr., while veteran center Channing Frye will reportedly also head to the Lakers with Thomas.

Cleveland wasn't done remaking its roster.

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.

Clarkson, who has established himself as a fan favorite in Los Angeles thanks in part to the city's strong Filipino community, was a draft steal when he was picked 46th in 2014.

He bridged the twilight years of Kobe Bryant and the dawn of a new era for the Lakers, who will bank on a youth movement without the 25-year-old combo guard.

He averaged 14.3 points in 273 games and 3 and a half seasons for the Lakers.

Thomas, whose hip injury factored in a move that had sent him from the Boston Celtics to the Cavaliers in the preseason, was expected to fill the shoes of Kyrie Irving.

But he never found his groove as he tried to get back to a form that saw him contend for the MVP award last season.

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