Aside from salary flotsam-which, essentially, is all the Cavs gave up in these deals given how little Shumpert, Frye and Rose were playing-Crowder and Thomas were the only rotation pieces given up in these two deals.
As the Thomas swap was being digested around the league, the Cavs completed a three-team deal with Utah and Sacramento. A year ago on the Celtics, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game while making 46 percent of his shots. If that guy can ever come back remains to be seen.
While Thomas may have been resistant to the idea of being traded, one person is certainly happy with this outcome, his father James Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan.
"I'm exhausted of being traded", Thomas told Cleveland.com.
The article states that "he missed the first 36 games recovering from right hip injuries, and when he returned both he and struggled mightily". Nance is averaging 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
IT averaged 22.0 FanDuel points in 15 games (14 starts) for the Cavaliers, with 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.5 3-pointers per game.
Thomas' net rating Wednesday - the Cavs' margin per 100 possessions when he's on the court - was minus-17.
The Cavs are just 6-7 in games that Thomas has played in, and he has drawn plenty of criticism for his defensive limitations and outspoken antics and criticism of the locker room.
Thomas seemed to sense his odd stay in Cleveland was over.
According to the rumors, the coaches have had to coach effort more than basketball.
"Whether I am in the gym all night or whether I am on my knees begging and pleading not to get traded, whether if I was begging to get traded, what is going to happen is going to happen", Nance added. They responded to every Timberwolves run and trailed inside of 90 seconds left in both regulation and overtime.