Watch Isaiah Thomas Rock Lakers Gear For First Time Since Cavs Trade

Dean Simpson
February 11, 2018

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but Isaiah isn't going to start in his Lakers' debut. However, they made a big trade before the National Basketball Association trade deadline, which sent Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A 2017 All-NBA second team performer who continues to work himself back into form after a hip injury, Thomas also didn't start his first game with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on January 2.

Thomas and Frye met with their new teammates in Dallas prior to Saturday's game against the Mavericks. As far as the players the Lakers received in return, they got Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye back in the deal. 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.

Thomas will effectively be given the Jordan Clarkson role where despite coming off the bench, he'll play heavy minutes especially due to Ball's injury status.

"We need a point guard", said Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations.

It's been a brutal season for Thomas so far and his plan to skip surgery on his torn hip labrum and have a strong final year ahead of his contract has backfired so far. "We told him that". We need somebody to come in there and lead our troops. This is what I've been doing in terms of my regiment of when I work out.' All those things - we didn't have anybody to teach Lonzo anything.

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