Channing Frye Sends Heartfelt Message to Cavs Fans After Being Traded

Isaiah Thomas left has been traded to the Lakers by Le Bron James Cleveland Cavaliers

With the trade deadline approaching, the Cavs first traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their own first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

Just hours before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers have undergone a massive makeover.

For the Lakers, they pick up two expiring contracts - Thomas ($6.3 million) and Frye ($7.4 million) - allowing them to have $46.9 million in cap room this summer to make a run at a major free agent. League rules prohibited the Cavs from trading both first round picks. And now that the Lakers will have big money to spend during the summer, with LeBron hitting free agency too, it seems like too much sense for it not to happen. Despite just a handful of games played, he has been outspoken about Cleveland's problems, saying when things go bad players go their separate ways.

With those other moves in perspective, it's a lot easier to see where Clarkson and Nance Jr. fit in the Cleveland Cavaliers' new rotation.

Isaiah Thomas' stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers was over before it started. Whether it was a players-only meeting or Thomas vocalizing his frustrations directly to the media, it was clear that the former Celtics point guard was unhappy being on the same team as LeBron James.

"It was hard for us to give up our two young players", Johnson said, "but I don't want to stay in 11th place". The third trade, to accommodate Wade's wishes to rejoin the team that drafted him, will send Wade back to Miami for a heavily protected future second-round pick.

Carter Henderson, who is UW's associate athletic director for communications and marketing, said Thomas confirmed with the school that he will be at the February 17 game for the ceremony.

James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. And if this move helps them weather the storm without Lonzo and make a late charge at a lower-tier playoff spot out West, all the better for a franchise and a fanbase that hasn't so much as sniffed the postseason since 2013. He'll likely work with Kyle Kuzma on his perimeter game as a stretch four, as Frye will be more of a coach on the floor than a contributor the rest of this year. Teams in the National Basketball Association can grab players from for a short stint if something like a trade or injury happens, and it works for both sides.

Thomas finished his career as the program's eighth all-time leading scorer with 1,721 career points for an average of 16.4 points per game.

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