Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Isaiah Thomas Discusses His Trade to the Lakers

Isaiah Thomas Discusses His Trade to the Lakers

After he checked in off the bench for the Lakers about midway through the first quarter and the game tied at 21-21, Thomas chucked up a 3-pointer and made his first shot as a member of his new team.

Walton's intention is to integrate Thomas slowly into the offense and the point guard agrees with the strategy, sources told ESPN. As far as the players the Lakers received in return, they got Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye back in the deal. Everything else will work itself out.

Thomas had dinner with Lakers coach Luke Walton on Friday and discussed his role with the team, as well as the organization's expectations after being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday during the National Basketball Association trade deadline, according to the report.

By doing so, the Lakers were able to create enough cap space to pursue two max free agents this coming offseason. The Lakers also received a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick.

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

The diminutive guard's travels began after he was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers last August. However, he will likely be playing a large role with the Lakers. So especially with that type of experience and the fact that he can score the basketball and pass it, we want to get [Thomas] in here fast.

"He's day-to-day, (Ball) is". We don't know when he's coming back. That's why IT was important for us to make this move. Although, he also said he wants to help L.A. any way he can.

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