Lakers coach Luke Walton and Thomas experienced supper together in Dallas on Friday and discussed expectations and roles.
With the young Lakers enjoying their greatest ball of the year — they have gained eight of their past ten contests and 12 of their past sixteen — Walton’s intention is to integrate Thomas gradually into the offense, and the level guard is in arrangement with that, resources tell ESPN.
The approach is for Thomas to sooner or later do the job himself into situation to be part of the starting five, in accordance to resources.
A 2017 All-NBA 2nd Team performer who proceeds to do the job himself again into variety after a hip personal injury, Thomas also did not start his 1st activity with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 2.
“This is about Isaiah and what he can do to support this young workforce proceed to grow and to get,” Thomas’ agent Aaron Goodwin explained to ESPN on Saturday morning. “He’s fulfilled with Luke and [assistant coach] Brian Shaw and he understands the way of the workforce, and desires to arrive in and contribute the suitable way. Anything else will do the job by itself out.”
The Lakers’ franchise rookie level guard Lonzo Ball could return from an MCL sprain after the All-Star split. Cleveland traded Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 1st-round decide on for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on Thursday.
Thomas, 29, will be an unrestricted absolutely free agent at the summary of this year. It appears as if the Lakers will grant Thomas each individual chance to be effective.
“We have to have a level guard,” claimed Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations. “So specially with that form of expertise and the fact that he can score the basketball and move it, we want to get [Thomas] in right here quickly. We explained to him that.
“He’s day to day, [Ball] is. We will not know when he is coming again. We have to have somebody to arrive in there and guide our troops. [Brandon Ingram has] been doing a fantastic task but we have gotta get another male in right here. That is why IT was crucial for us to make this go. And also, a veteran that can also support Lonzo. ‘This is what you have to have to search for in when you might be enjoying from this male. This is what I’ve been doing in phrases of my regiment of when I do the job out.’ All these items — we did not have any individual to teach Lonzo nearly anything. Ideally IT can arrive in and do that.”
In fifteen video games this year, Thomas is averaging 14.seven details and 4.5 helps. Very last year for the Boston Celtics, he averaged 28.nine details for each activity though taking pictures forty six p.c from the field.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.