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Isaiah Thomas reportedly accepting role off Lakers' bench

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
| 11 February, 2018, 05:42

Newly acquired guard Isaiah Thomas will debut off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

"The plan is for Thomas to eventually work himself into position to join the starting five, according to sources".

The 5-9 Thomas was a second-team All-NBA choice after averaging a career-high 28.9 points per game as a member of the Celtics last season.

Thomas played just 15 games with Cleveland, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists.

And Magic Johnson knows that with Lonzo Ball out, the Lakers need a point guard.


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.

The Lakers (23-31) are playing their best ball of the season, having won four in a row and 12 of their last 16.

Coming off the surgery, Thomas is clearly not all the way back to where he was. We need somebody to come in there and lead our troops. (Brandon Ingram has) been doing a fabulous job but we've gotta get another guy in here.

"Our priority was finding a date that worked to make this an unforgettable experience for Isaiah and for our fans, and we're thrilled to be able to do so this season", Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a news release. And also, a veteran that can also help Lonzo.

Since then, the 29-year-old has been thoroughly disappointing and made numerous comments to the media about the rocky situation in Cleveland, including criticizing the Cavaliers for not making in-game adjustments. '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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