Thomas and Channing Frye, who were traded to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., will come off the bench in their Lakers debut against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. The 5-foot-9 guard shot 7-for-12 from the field and 4-for-8 from three-point range.
Scoring 22 points in his Lakers debut may be a sign that it might not all be bad in Los Angeles for him, but there should still be a concern as to what his attitude has the potential to do within the locker room - especially with LaVar Ball also in town.
Thomas - who was acquired at the trade deadline on Thursday - studied the Lakers' playbook on his iPad the night before, but stuck to a simplified version of the offense on his first day at work.
Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, but played only 15 games after spending much of his time with Cleveland recovering from a hip issue.
Thomas, a lifelong Lakers fan, completed his first practice with his new team on Monday, an occasion that coincided with Lonzo Ball's first practice, albeit a limited one, in almost a month.
Some executives believe that Thomas may have to settle for the mid-level exception, given the number of teams that are capped out and don't have a better mechanism to get quality players. And I told (coach Luke Walton) that.
"I just wanted to bring something to the table". That's one reason I believed the Cavaliers struggled when both Thomas and James were on the court, averaging -15.5 points per 100 possessions.
Has Isaiah Thomas decided to choose his words more carefully in Los Angeles than he did in Cleveland? From a player that wasn't playing for seven months and to be thrown in the fire, it was tough for me but I felt like myself last game, like not thinking about anything and just going out and playing and leaving it all on the floor.
While no one likes to lose, the Lakers have to be pleased with how well Thomas was able to play after only being with the team a short time.
Despite this, the decision by Cleveland to trade a player coming off of two straight NBA All-Star selections proved surprising to many. "I'm happy to be Laker", he said, according to Ward. I think those guys were a pretty significant plus for the game, which is a positive.
After all, they had only been together for one shootaround and one game, roughly 24 hours total, when he was asked to evaluate his play and theirs after a loss Saturday to the Mavericks in Dallas. I mean, I don't know really any plays. Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk.