CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers worked a deal hours before the trade deadline.
The Cavs are sending Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to LA, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on Thursday. FOX 8 News confirmed the deal. In exchange, Cleveland receives Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
“Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us. This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future,” said Cavs general manager Koby Altman, in a news release.
Nance was born in Akron and is the son of Larry Nance, who played with the Cavaliers from 1988 to 1994. He’s set to compete in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk contest next week at the Staples Center.
Wojnarowski said the Lakers are also getting the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick, which is protected. This is not the first-round pick the team got from the Nets.
“Channing Frye is a champion, true pro and great person. He has been part of a special group of teammates on and off the court for us, as his impacts were both tangible and intangible. It is difficult to see him go and we wish Channing and his family the very best,” Altman said. IT has had a difficult and very challenging basketball journey over the last year as he has worked extremely hard to make progress in his return to play. He is a true competitor and that will certainly help him in his continued work on the court.”
Thomas, acquired in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, made his debut with the Cavaliers in January after recovering from a hip injury. He’s struggled since his return to the court and has been linked to locker room conflicts.
Frye joined the Cavs in 2016. The center is averaging about 5 points per game this season. He won over fans with his antics with former Cavalier Richard Jefferson and became a veteran presence.