Just when you thought we were headed for another boring trade deadline, the Lakers and Cavs created some excitement. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers have acquired Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected 2018 first round pick from the Cavaliers. Cleveland is receiving Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance in return.
Here’s a look at our projections for the Lakers new starting lineup and depth chart.
C- Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac, Channing Frye
PF- Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Thomas Bryant
SF- Brandon Ingram, Corey Brewer, Luol Deng, Nigel Hayes
SG- Isaiah Thomas, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart,
PG- Lonzo Ball, Tyler Ennis, Gary Payton II, Alex Caruso (Two-Way)
While Isaiah Thomas is the headline of this trade, the bigger story is the Cavs may have just helped the Lakers clear even more cap space that could be used against them as the Lakers attempt to sign LeBron James this summer. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported the Lakers are now able to sign two max players this summer in free agency. Thomas is only signed through this season, and the Lakers will likely try to entice James by pairing him with another free agent during the 2018 free agency period.