Cavaliers trade Isaiah Thomas, pick to Lakers for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round pick, a person with direct knowledge of the trade told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until it was officially announced.

The Cavs needed to make a move. Despite last night’s over 140-138 overtime victory over Minnesota, they have struggled. Since a victory over Chicago on Dec. 21, the Cavs are 7-13, and they are just ½ game ahead of Washington and a game ahead of Miami for third place in the Eastern Conference.

The results with Thomas, who missed the first two-plus months of the season rehabbing an injured hip, in the lineup haven’t been productive either. With Thomas on the court, the Cavs are 7-8 and score 103.5 points and allow 188.6 points per 100 possessions for a minus-15.1 net rating.

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