Isaiah Thomas reportedly accepting role off Lakers' bench

Isaiah Thomas reportedly accepting role off Lakers' bench

IT was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers and he immediately looked like the player he was previous year with the Boston Celtics as he posted 22 points on his debut.

Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

"This is the best they have been playing", Thomas said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

And, for Isaiah Thomas, that's where he succeeds. The Cavaliers acquired healthy players that will fortify the team's defensive end, while the Lakers got the first-round pick they are hoping for. Like I said, yes, I would love to be a starter, but I'm on a new team that's playing very well right now and I don't want to mess any of that up.

Out went Thomas, one of the problems - if hardly the linchpin, since the Cavs were terrible for two months without him - with Dwyane Wade (also likely considered a defensive liability), Derrick Rose (ditto), Channing Frye (ditto), Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert also departing. Thomas himself did not necessarily make the Celtics thrive in the East. Neither team has played well this season. Their culture allowed him to thrive. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a loss of more than 10 points, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record.

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As for Thomas, elsewhere, his alpha dog mentality has altered how his team's play.

"I wanted to bring something to the table", Thomas said. For a team now No. 3 in the Eastern Conference and supposedly having two superstars on the court, that's an extremely discouraging figure. We don't know when he's coming back. And he'll get the ball and plenty of shots with the Lakers. He is just one year removed from finishing fifth in MVP voting after averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists on 46% shooting and leading the Celtics to the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference.

The IT era was a disaster in Cleveland. A three-team-trade sent longtime fan-favorite, Devin Harris to the Denver Nuggets while bringing in Doug McDermott from NY. The pre-all-star break Cavaliers squad was by far the worst one that Cleveland put on the court since LeBron's return.

"We need a point guard", said Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations. [Brandon Ingram has] been doing a fabulous job but we've gotta get another guy in here. "We got to figure it out". "I am here to help this team, help these young guys, continue to be professional, continue to work hard and continue to jell together". During Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, the Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.to open up almost US$15 million (AU$19 million) in cap space. It was initially looked upon to be Kyrie Irving's replacement after the two swapped jerseys in a trade last offseason.

Nance is one of the most fantastic players in the league when running a transition offense, which is integral for Cleveland.

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