Isaiah Thomas speaks out following Cavaliers-Lakers trade

The 5-foot-9 All-Star is on the move again.

Isaiah Thomas drives against the Houston Rockets.

His tenure with the Cavaliers was brief, but Isaiah Thomas says he’s still thankful for the time spent in Cleveland this season.

The point guard expressed his gratitude via Twitter early Friday morning after getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday afternoon.

“It was only 15 games, but still an experience that I’m grateful for,” Thomas wrote. “Thank you to the Cleveland Cavaliers organization for granting me the opportunity to rock the wine and gold this season. God bless and see you on the other side.”

In a second tweet, the 29-year-old also gave a shoutout to his new team, “#LakeShow,” and familiar slogan, “#ThatSLOWgrind.”


Thomas, who was traded from the Celtics to the Cavaliers in late August, was dealt to the Lakers as part of a massive roster overhaul by Cleveland. The struggling Eastern Conference powerhouse traded six players — Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Iman Schumpert, Thomas, and Dwyane Wade — and two draft picks.

Over the course of his 15 games in Cleveland, Thomas averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 36 percent from the field, while the Cavaliers went 7-8. Following Cleveland’s 140-138 overtime win over Minnesota Wednesday night, Thomas told reporters he did not want to be traded ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

“I’m tired of being traded,” he said. “That’s not a good thing, but I just want to be where I’m wanted. I like it here. It hasn’t been as planned, but I definitely want to be here. We definitely have a real chance to win an NBA championship, and I want to be a part of that.”