Lakers' Josh Hart Doesn't Sound Too Thrilled About Isaiah Thomas Trade

  • Lakers' Josh Hart Doesn't Sound Too Thrilled About Isaiah Thomas Trade

Lakers' Josh Hart Doesn't Sound Too Thrilled About Isaiah Thomas Trade

A report by ESPN stated that the Lakers will not be making drastic moves this deadline, and are shifting their focus towards the 2019 free agent class headlined by Kawhii Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson. The Lakers now project to have $46.9 million in cap room this summer. This scenario would happen if the Lakers decide not to bring back Julius Randle and apply the NBA's stretch provision on Luol Deng' contract to five years. By trading Nance they were also able to get a first round pick in return from Cleveland, which makes this an even more beneficial deal for Los Angeles.

There is a bit of concern with this trade however, as the Lakers have just cleared out major cap space and also gained some leverage in trades with the pick Cleveland is sending over to them. Capable of playing at both guard spots, he should strengthen their bench unit considerably. Considering the Cavaliers are the team to beat in the East, and the Boston Celtics have the Lakers pick, you could not make a more impactful trade that did not involve the Celtics themselves.

Thomas has played in 15 games so far this season, averaging 27.1 minutes per game and 14.7 points per game. This trade was about clearing out the combined $14.7 million owed to Clarkson and Nance for the 2018 season.

"He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball dominant player", said Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin to Cleveland.com.

So, the question is altogether fair to ask: If he couldn't figure it out next to LeBron, how would things work on a much, much worse team?

Ultimately, Isaiah Thomas and Cleveland just weren't a good match. Meanwhile, Channing Frye led the Cavaliers in terms of 3-point shooting percentage last season, barging in the Top 20 placing 17th behind Stephen Curry and Chris Paul (tied for 16th spot). Being traded to the Lakers gives Thomas a chance to renew himself and wash away the past couple months before his contract expires at the end of the season. He leads the NBA with 274 points off the bench since January 1, just ahead of the Clippers' Lou Williams (270) over that span, according to NBA Advanced Stats. It wasn't that long ago that he was averaging almost 29 points and six assists per game. His father was a two-time All-Star for the Cavaliers.

Frye confirmed the trade in a video message posted on his Instagram account.