If there was ever a NBA Bomb to drop, Woj just blew up the sports world with it.
Cleveland is sending Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
The Cavs’ first round pick for next year was also included in the trade. Brian Windhorts explains what this means for Cleveland:
Cavs are taking on long-term money and helping the Lakers clear cap space, opening up LA’s 2018 free agency dreams. The Cavs are wagering they’re keeping LeBron with this move.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 8, 2018
This makes the Cavs better right now, because there was clearly never chemistry developed with Thomas and they were not going to gamble or be patient enough to see if he ever got his legs back this season.
We’ll see if the Cavs are done dealing today, and later if this cap relief will make the Lakers more apt to land LeBron this coming offseason.
“The Cavaliers have just cleared a path for the Lakers to go after Paul George and LeBron James this summer.”
–Brian Windhorst pic.twitter.com/MSv6bETxVr
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 8, 2018