Last Updated: 2018-02-08
Once again, the Cleveland Cavaliers struck a deal ahead of the 2018 NBA trade deadline. It was apparent that the current roster was not fitting well together. Therefore, hours after the Cavaliers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime, they made a move to get rid of their second starting point guard in less than a season. In return, the Cavaliers got some dynamic athletes that can play on both sides of the ball. The only question- how will the newcomers fit in over the final two months of the season?
Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. joined the Cavaliers on Thursday afternoon. Clarkson played in all 53 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. He only started two games, but finished his tenure with the organization as the No. 3 scorer on the team. Clarkson is scoring 14.5 points per game on 45 percent shooting. He is listed as a shooting guard, but Clarkson is capable of playing the lead guard role. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if he inserted to the starting lineup with the Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, Nance has the potential to be a double-double man with the Cavaliers. He is producing 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in the 2017-18 season. However, Nance was only playing 22 minutes per game with the Lakers. If he earns more minutes with the Cavaliers, the production could increase immediately.
The Lakers received Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the 2018 first-round draft pick from the Cavaliers. The big takeaway, this trade was all about parting ways with Thomas. During his first season with the Cavaliers, Thomas never gelled with the team. He only played in 15 games, but Thomas seemed to reap a lot of the blame for the defensive woes. In reality, the Cavaliers went (7-8) with Thomas in the lineup. He also averaged slightly more than Clarkson this season with 14.7 points per game. However, Thomas is only shooting 36 percent from the field. You kind of knew the writing was on the wall when LeBron James didn’t even acknowledge Thomas after the game-winner on Wednesday night.
Frye is only averaging 4.8 points per game in 12 minutes of action. He’s a good bit older than the rest of the trade members and that’s what should be concerning with the Lakers. They were intent on not growing with the full complement of young players. As a result, snatching Cleveland’s first-round draft pick is not enticing enough. In the future, it could be just another trade piece like Clarkson and Nance.
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