The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off a wild trade deadline day by trading for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick while departing with Larry Nance and Jordan Clarkson.
While Thomas immediately took the headlines with a case for a starting spot from his agent, the Lakers’ brass took time to thank Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson in the immediate aftermath of the deal.
First, Luke Walton addressed the media and took time to speak highly of both now former Lakers.
After Walton’s session with the media, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka held a press conference where they reiterated the high praise for the departing players.
Clarkson was the initial part of the rebuild as part of the 2014 NBA Draft class and has spent four seasons with the Lakers after coming in as an unheralded second-round pick.
Nance, meanwhile, spent three years with the Lakers and electrified the crowd with his high-flying posterizing dunks. Nance was recently named to the NBA Dunk Contest for the upcoming All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.