After all, there were reports just days before the deadline that the Lakers' front office would refocus its efforts to the 2019 class. This is a big question that will be lingering in the National Basketball Association world.
But now, amid the trade that finally got him away from that toxic environment, Thomas' agent has chose to break the silence and take a direct shot at LeBron James, who's also one of the team's biggest issues.
It turns out the Lakers were not willing to wait another year. This means that it's now entirely possible that they can sign both LeBron James and Paul George, and no commissioner can veto that.
That being said, there is no Brad Stevens in Los Angeles, it is a lot harder to get into the playoffs in this situation, and the Lakers gutted a solid portion of their team in this trade.
Clarkson has registered per-game averages of 14.5 points and 3.3 assists, while Nance has logged in 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.
Los Angeles Lakers ship Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland. They were able to create the flexibility that they so desperately needed. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I'm sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Johnson also stressed the importance of having a veteran player who could mentor [Lonzo] Ball. "But I don't want to stay in 11th place, and I don't want this organization to stay there".
Of course, the moves were made with one player in mind: LeBron James.
Shumpert, a defensive specialist with no offense who can't even defend his playing time from disappearing, is owed $21 million over two years. So, what does "The King" think of all the Cavs' activity on deadline day? Last season Thomas played for the Celtics, where he experienced his best year as a pro.
"At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family". I'm happy as hell for D-Wade.
"I like the pieces that we have coming in", James said, noting that it's his job to get his new teammates on the same page as the rest of the team. This is going to be a great year to be a Cavs fan, a great year.
Both of these All-Star forwards will command a major sum, but given the attractions in the City of Angels and the hometown factor being a major one for George, both players could have a likely landing spot in L.A. this summer.
The work is just beginning for Magic and the Lakers.
Clarkson is under contract through 2019-20, and Nance's deal runs through 2018-19.
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