Lakers-Cavaliers trade: Isaiah Thomas dealt to Los Angeles before deadline, report says

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally made a move.

After weeks of rumors, the Cavs have reportedly acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers. In exchange, the Lakers will receive Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavaliers' 2018 first-round pick. ESPN first reported the discussions of the deal and that it was completed.

For Thomas, this brings his extremely short and disappointing tenure with the Cavaliers to an end. Just Wednesday night, Thomas noted that he was tired of being traded, and wished to stay with the Cavaliers to try and compete for a championship. Alas, he did not get his wish. 

In 15 games with the Cavs since returning from his hip injury, Thomas averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per game, but shot just 36 percent from the field. 

He was also involved in some of the off-court drama, reportedly challenging Kevin Love about his illness during the Cavs' now-infamous team meeting. Thomas also developed a habit of critiquing his teammates after games in the past few weeks. Recently, he noted, "when adversity hits, we go our separate ways." Unfortunately, he didn't realize just how true that statement was about to become. 

This is now the fourth time Thomas has been traded during his seven seasons in the league. He was first sent from Sacramento to Phoneix. Then from Phoenix to Boston. From there, of course, he was sent to Cleveland, and now he is on his way to Los Angeles. 

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