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With the Cleveland Cavaliers about to renew acquaintances with former teammates Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye of the Los Angles Lakers on Sunday night at Staples Center, it’s as good as time as any to take a closer look at how former Cavaliers from this season are faring since they’ve departed from the scene.
So, we at Amico Hoops present, The Ex-Files.
The guy who led the Eastern Conference in scoring last season for the Boston Celtics has fallen on some hard times since.
Acquired along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s first-round draft pick in 2018 and a second-round choice from Miami in 2020 in exchange for Kyrie Irving, Thomas struggled during his time in Cleveland.
Things haven’t gone much better for the 5-foot-9 southpaw in Los Angeles. While he’s averaging 15.5 points in 11 games, all off the bench for the Lakers, he is shooting just 39.2 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
In Cleveland, Thomas averaged 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 27.1 minutes in 15 games (14 starts), while shooting 36.1 percent from the floor, 25.3 percent from the 3-point line.
Thomas, who spent seven and half months rehabilitating a torn labrum in his right hip, is playing 25.4 minutes per game in Los Angeles.
In the 11 games Thomas has played for the Lakers, LA is 6-5.
Channing Frye, Los Angeles Lakers
The well-liked and much-respected Frye, sent to the Lakers along with Thomas and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round draft selection for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., has played three minutes of one game for Los Angeles — a 22-point loss at New Orleans on Feb. 14, when he took and made one shot, a 3-pointer.
He underwent an appendectomy in Cleveland on Feb. 16. He has since returned to the team, but has been inactive the last two games.
The 34-year-old Frye is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.4 minutes in 45 games this season, the first 44 with the Cavaliers.
Jae Crowder, Utah Jazz
The veteran forward has enjoyed the most success of the six guys who were sent packing by the Cavaliers on deadline day.
In 11 games, the former Celtic, acquired with the above-mentioned Thomas in the Irving trade, is averaging 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.0 minutes per game for Utah. Crowder is shooting 39.4 percent from the field, including 34.3 percent from deep.
Those numbers represent significant upgrades on what he averaged in Cleveland — 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.4 minutes in 53 games (47 starts). Crowder shot 41.8 percent from the floor as a Cavalier, 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Most importantly, the Jazz have been on a roll the last few weeks, including a 9-2 record in the 11 games in which Crowder has played.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Sent back home to South Beach on Feb. 8 in exchange for a future second-round draft choice, Wade has played in a dozen games, all off the bench, for Miami since being traded.
He is averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Heat, playing 22.8 minutes and shooting 43.6 percent from the field, but only 22.2 percent from long distance.
As a Cavalier, Wade averaged 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 23.2 minutes, shooting 45.5 percent from the floor and 32.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Since Wade’s return home, the Heat are 7-5.
Iman Shumpert, Sacramento Kings
The swingman has not yet played a game for his new team, plantar fasciitis in his left foot and there is no timetable for recovery.
Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves
Traded to the Utah Jazz on deadline day, the former NBA Most Valuable Player (2011) was immediately waived.
The 29-year-old point guard signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, reuniting with his coach during his league MVP days in Chicago — Tom Thibodeau — as well as former Bulls teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson.
Rose did not play Thursday night against visiting Boston, but is said to be available to make his debut as a member of the Timberwolves against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at Target Center.