Former Washington star Isaiah Thomas is on his way back to the west coast.
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers a few hours before the NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.
Cleveland traded Thomas to the Lakers for forward Channing Frye (former Arizona Wildcat), guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr.
Thomas is in the midst of a rough season coming off of a hip injury that sidelined him for seven in a half months. He is averaging his lowest point total since 2013. The former NAB All-Star is averaging 15 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds this year.
The 5-foot-9 point guard was heavily scrutinized in Cleveland. He’s poor defense was often criticized and his explosiveness has waned since coming off injury.
In support of Thomas, he’s not quiet 100-percent healthy and his trying to work his way back into from.
The calendar won’t do him any favors, though. He is on an expiring contract. The Washington product will have to prove his worth the rest of the way if he wants a lucrative contract in next season.
Thomas was the very last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He’s been doubted before. However, his current obstacle might be his biggest one yet.
Washington will retire Thomas’ No. 2 Huskies jersey on Feb. 15. He’s eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,721 career points.