Isaiah Thomas 'Not Coming Off the Bench' for Lakers

Isaiah Thomas 'Not Coming Off the Bench' for Lakers

Thomas looked great in the first half of his Lakers debut following his surprising trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with power forward Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft choice, for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. 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. However, they made a big trade before the National Basketball Association trade deadline, which sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 29-year-old Thomas struggled in 15 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 36.1 percent from the field. 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. The Cavaliers originally acquired the floor general over the summer, sending disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Thomas' services. "We told him that".

Coming off the surgery, Thomas is clearly not all the way back to where he was. [Brandon Ingram has] been doing a fabulous job but we've gotta get another guy in here. Although, he also said he wants to help L.A. any way he can.

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On Thursday, ESPN's Rachel Nichols revealed that Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin, texted her that his client was unwilling to "come off the bench" for the Lakers following news of the trade. Los Angeles has won four in a row and are 8-2 over their last 10.

Last season, Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game and was named second-team All-NBA. "Hopefully IT can come in and do that".

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