A team, in fact, that's partly responsible for his name. Isaiah Thomas told SportsCenter previous year the story of how he got his name, which speaks to the volumes of his father's love for the Lakers. Obviously, they want the Lakers to do as poorly as possible, and Thomas should be given the freedom to carry them like he did when he first came to Boston. The Lakers lost in four.
That hip injury kept Thomas out until January and contributed to a rocky five-week stint with the Cavaliers.
"I don't [want to be traded]", Thomas said.
So, the question is altogether fair to ask: If he couldn't figure it out next to LeBron, how would things work on a much, much worse team? Koby (Altman) and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party.
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Ultimately, Isaiah Thomas and Cleveland just weren't a good match.
While Thomas and Frye can absolutely contribute to the Lakers for the remainder of this season - though Frye makes sense as a buyout candidate - both of them are on expiring contracts while Clarkson and Nance will make a combined $14.8 million next season. The Lakers waited too long and Thomas signed with Phoenix. Nance Jr.is a high flyer and provides rebounding off the bench in the wake of the Kevin Love injury. Thomas can give them quality point guard play and something to watch until Lonzo Ball returns from knee soreness.
In 15 games he played with the Cavaliers where he started in 14 games, Thomas averaged 14.7 points (3rd) and 4.5 assists (2nd). He led UW to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2010 Sweet Sixteen.
Nance, who is making just under $1.5 million this year, has 1 year left on his current contract at $2.27 million but is under team control with a $3.37 million qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season.
He was named All-Pac-10 first team as a sophomore with 16.9 ppg in leading Washington to the Pac-10 Tournament championship, where he was named tournament MVP. The Sacramento Kings dealt him to the Phoenix Suns in July 2014. He was an NBA All-Star in 2016 and '17.