Statistically, the #Los Angeles Lakers can still barge into the NBA playoffs if they continue playing good basketball. They've defended poorly and had troubles incorporating several new players after a summer of change. "We'll miss them and we're very thankful for what they've given us".
This season, Clarkson is averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.7 steals over 23.7 minutes in 53 games, which includes two starts.
Clarkson, however, is shooting 32.4 percent on 3-pointers this season, while Nance is a none-threat from deep.
Thomas was traded to Cleveland by the Boston Celtics in August, as part of the shocking Kyrie Irving trade. Some thought this might turn around when Thomas returned from rehabbing a hip injury, instead things have only gotten worse for Cleveland.
This is what the rotation now looks like for the Cavaliers after a wild afternoon, not including players on a two-way contract.
Super Bowl 52 postgame quotes: Bill Belichick
I was just doing my job and supporting my teammates. "That's what I did, so that's really all I can say about it". The Patriots, however, put themselves behind the eight-ball with a peculiar move. "I don't know what it was".
Also, Cleveland got younger and managed to keep the Nets pick for this upcoming Draft, so they're pretty much letting LeBron know they're not counting with him anymore beyond this season, and that they've had it with him and his attitude. But if that money does wind up in LeBron's hands after the 2017-18 campaign, Thursday's trade could look like the Cavs enabling the King's westward expansion. "Now we get to spend more time".
Thomas sliding into Clarkson's role for the remainder of the season, or even taking minutes away from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is something Lakers fans can handle. Thomas is now expected to form a partnership with rookie Lonzo Ball in the backcourt, despite the fact they both play at point guard.
Nance is also signed up through 2020, but it is to a much more team-friendly deal. "He can give us some of that scoring punch that left with Jordan". There are a lot of talented players that never find a place in the league because they don't learn how to play well with others. He's still coming back from injury, so the more [time he has on court] the better [he'll get]. It is easier to see why the Cavs think this midseason overhaul will right the ship in the short-term.
"He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball dominant player", Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin, said to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Los Angeles has the 11th-best record in the competitive Western Conference, and the addition of Thomas does little to improve their chances.
Things are looking up for Los Angeles, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka seem to have the recipe for the flawless rebuild.