Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Isaiah Thomas would rather get bought out than come off bench

Isaiah Thomas: I'm Tired Of Being Traded Isaiah Thomas: I'm Tired Of Being Traded
Shannon Reynolds | 09 February, 2018, 06:05

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas looks to pass the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, left, defends during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Friday, May 19, 2017, in Boston.

But after trading Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers, the Lakers cleared a cumbersome contract.

"He's really an inspiration to me cause he plays super hard every game, every possession, just every time I watch him he's just giving it his all not the court and I try to model my game after him in that way", he said. I like it here. "It hasn't been as planned, but I definitely want to be here". They're now 22-31 on the season, the ninth-worst record at the moment, so if Thomas wants to really stick it to Danny Ainge, he can help the Lakers win some games and make sure the Celtics don't land a high lottery pick at the end of the season.

If the Lakers had it their way, they also would have been able to trade Luol Deng, but it appears they didn't have any takers.

Then, there were Cavaliers fans who were happy to see Thomas go after he was plagued by inefficiency since returning from a hip injury that cost him the first two-plus months of the season. Nance, mined late in the first round of the 2016 draft, was a favorite of Walton's and started 17 games this season, averaging career highs in points (8.6) and rebounds (6.8).

Things are looking up for Los Angeles, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka seem to have the recipe for the flawless rebuild. His future in Los Angeles remains up in the air while the team seems poised to make a run at prominent free agents in the summer, which could include James.

Clarkson is averaging 14.5 PPG on the year and is instant offense off the bench.

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Thomas arrived in Cleveland earlier this season via a controversial trade that sent Cavalier PG Kyrie Irving to Boston.

Cleveland have been looking for players who can help this season and beyond and Nance and Clarkson fit that mould.

Both Frye and Thomas have expiring contracts worth a combined $13.68 million, which provides the Lakers with additional financial flexibility.

This should open up more spot-up opportunities for Thomas, who was in the NBA's 94th percentile on such shots previous year.

While shaking things up in Cleveland was necessary, it was just as important that part of that shakeup included getting rid of Thomas.

That brings us to what is being overlooked here: any improvement for the 2018 season is likely offset by the chances Cleveland could lose LeBron James as a free agent this summer.

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