Isaiah Thomas To Come Off Bench In Lakers Debut

11 February, 2018, 05:37 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas fouls Dallas Mavericks guard Kyle Collinsworth as he goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday Feb. 10 2018 in Dallas. The

Thomas' agent was initially adamant that the point guard would not accept a role off the bench for the Lakers and there was speculation that the former Cavalier would ask for a buyout if he were not a starter. He will have the opportunity to join the starting lineup eventually, but will initially come off the bench as he gets acclimated with the offense. "I am happy to be here with the Lakers, happy to be with a young team that is exciting, that likes to get up and down - that's my style of play". Everything else will work itself out. He was shipped off to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving in a deal that sent the Cavaliers Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick.

By doing so, the Lakers were able to create enough cap space to pursue two max free agents this coming offseason. However, he has lacked the same explosiveness that made him an MVP candidate last season in Boston, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists through 15 games. The Lakers have been hot as of late even without Lonzo Ball and they don't want to mess around with their chemistry yet as they ride his streak of success.

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"We need a point guard", Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, said this week.

"He's day-to-day, (Ball) is". We need somebody to come in there and lead our troops. That's why IT was important for us to make this move. 'This is what you need to look for in when you're playing against this guy. Hopefully IT can come in and do that.



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