The Isaiah Thomas experiment is over in Cleveland. The Cavaliers traded the point guard and forward Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers also get the Cavaliers’ protected first-round pick in 2018. The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. ET Thursday.
Thomas was acquired from the Celtics in August in the bigger deal for Kyrie Irving, who had said he wanted out of Cleveland.
Thomas was rehabbing from a hip injury and ended up only playing 15 games for the Cavs. He averaged 14.7 points, but Cleveland went 7-8 in those games.
The trade makes the Cavaliers younger as both players they are getting are 25 years old.
Clarkson averages 14.5 points per game on 45-percent shooting. Nance averages 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. His father had an illustrious career with the Cavaliers.
After three straight Finals appearances and a title in 2016, the Cavs are currently third in the East.
Both Thomas and Frye will be free agents after this season. Thomas said this week that he was sick of being traded and wanted to stay with Cleveland.
With this trade the Lakers clear cap space to make a run at a major free agent like LeBron James this summer. Clarkson is under contract through 2019-20, and Nance’s deal runs through 2018-19.