Thomas missed the first half of the season with a hip injury he suffered while with the Boston Celtics previous year, and he has struggled to fit in with the team on the court since his debut. This season in only fifteen games for the Cavs, Thomas has averaged 14.7 points per game and has only made 36 percent of his shots.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their 2018 first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. While Rose and Wade have missed a combined 44 games this season and have a lengthy injury history, Clarkson has played in all but three games over the past three seasons. On the other hand, if Thomas still needs time to get back to himself, and the Lakers have trouble filling those other positions, there could be a long a detrimental transition period, that could send the Lakers into a free fall down the standings, leading to another top pick for the Celtics.
His scoring average tied John Havlicek for the second-highest in Celtics history, behind only Larry Bird.
At just 5-foot-9, Thomas was impressively the NBA's top slasher, leading the league in points per game on drives (9.5).
Randle's offensive game is still predicated on using his strength to finish at the rim and speed to go around bigger defenders.
The Cavs began their overhaul by sending disappointing guard Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers.
While he has played a part in the Lakers' rebuild to this point, Clarkson's contract ensured that he would not be a part of their long-term plans. "It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working".
Thomas' defense, which never has been good, has torn to shreds thet silly string that was holding the Cavs' already poor defense together. His father was a two-time All-Star for the Cavaliers.
Maybe by trading Thomas, if he is the cause, the dissension will dissipate. Hopefully he'll make the most of this chance that he's been given.
The 23-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Kentucky, was originally selected by the Lakers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
In fact, the most intriguing aspect of the Thomas addition is how he could potentially alleviate a variety of L.A.'s deficiencies.
Saying things haven't gone as planned for Thomas is an understatement.