Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Thomas to Come off the Bench in Lakers' Debut

Thomas to Come off the Bench in Lakers' Debut

"At the same time, it's a new chapter for me".

In the final hours before the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded away Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.

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.

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Goodwin had told ESPN's Rachel Nichols after the trade that Isaiah will not come off the bench, but reality appears to have set in. "He's met with Luke and (assistant coach) Brian Shaw and he understands the direction of the team, and wants to come in and contribute the right way". 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. But if the Lakers choose to offer Thomas his fair share of playmaking duties as well, the star rookie showed at UCLA that he can also succeed in an off-ball capacity.

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. 'This is what you need to look for in when you're playing against this guy.

Thomas, 29, will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season. Hopefully IT can come in and do that.

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