We have our first major trade of the day in the NBA. And it involves former Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson.
Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. The Los Angeles Lakers will receive Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavaliers 2018 first round pick.
Lakers sending Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to the Cavaliers, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
This is Clarkson’s fourth season in the league, and all four have been with the Lakers. The former Missouri guard has averaged 14.3 points per game for his career along with 2.9 assists. Clarkson signed a 5-year, $50 million deal during the 2016 off-season.
Thomas and Frye are both expiring contracts for the Lakers, giving them more possible cap space for the 2018 off-season. Nance Jr. is the son of former Cavalier Larry Nance. Clarkson and Nance Jr. will now play with Lebron James, as he tries to make it to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. The Cavaliers are 31-22, and currently sit third in the Eastern Conference.
Per Wojnarowski, the Lakers will have space to land two max-players in either 2018 or 2019. The Lakers also now have a first round draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, as the Lakers do not control their own pick as it is owed to either Philadelphia or Boston. The Lakers are 22-31 on the season, and do not have an incentive to tank.
The NBA Trade deadline is set for 3 PM ET.