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. Thomas was traded to the Cavs in the summer in a blockbuster move that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.
"He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball dominant player", said Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin to Cleveland.com.
Following Wednesday's embarrassing loss to the 17-win Orlando Magic - the Cavs blew a 21-point lead and scored nine points in the fourth quarter - Thomas questioned whether the team makes enough in-game adjustments. Acquiring both Thomas and Frye accomplishes that for them, as both players will be free agents after the season. The trade makes the Cavaliers better and helps them stay competitive in an up for grabs Eastern Conference. He has averaged just 14.7 points per game for Cleveland this season, compared to 28.9 last season with the Celtics.
The massive makeover is meant to help the Cavs make another title run in 2018 with James, who can opt out of his contract this summer and become a free agent.
Last season, Randle started 73 of his 74 appearances and posted 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists through 28.8 minutes per game. It's also forced Washington to change the date it was planning to retire the jersey of standout guard Isaiah Thomas. His father was a two-time All-Star for the Cavaliers.
The Lakers have been overachieving this season, despite the abundance of youth in the roster, having won 22 games through two-thirds of the regular season, four short of their win total from 2016-17.
A lot can happen before the February 8 trade deadline. On top of all that, we still can not take Thomas' play for granted. I don't know what happened on all those teams with Thomas, but if James can't tolerate you, that's a bad sign.
First of all, there are a lot of different directions this trade could go.
After three straight Finals appearances and a title in 2016, the Cavs are now third in the East.
Just as us folks on the east coast we're sitting down to eat our lunch, the NBA Trade Deadline got interesting.