Lakers To Sign Isaiah Thomas To 10-Day Contract

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The Los Angeles Lakers have made a move to shake up the point guard position on their depth chart. No, former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook has not been traded. Instead, the Lakers have made an addition to the position — Isaiah Thomas.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers are going to be signing Thomas to a 10-day contract. Thomas is back in the NBA after a three-game stint with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and not landing a contract in the offseason despite impressive videos of him during pick-up games and workouts.

As Charania pointed out, Thomas had a monster performance in his G League debut on Wednesday night when he scored 42 points. In addition to the explosive scoring, Thomas handed out eight assists with six rebounds.

He was playing with the Grand Rapids Gold, the Denver Nuggets G League affiliate, in the G League Showcase. Fellow NBA veteran looking to get back into the league, Lance Stephenson, also plays with the Gold.

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This will be the second stint that Thomas plays with the Lakers. He was traded there during the 2017-18 season after a rocky stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas played in 17 games with the Lakers before being sidelined for the duration of the season after undergoing surgery on his hip.

Hip injuries are what derailed Thomas’s career. He finished fifth in MVP voting following the 2016-17 season in which he averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Boston Celtics.

Isaiah Thomas was in line for a monster contract the following offseason. He made the infamous quip about the Celtics having to back up the Brinks truck for him as he viewed himself as a max player.

Unfortunately, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers following that magical season with the Celtics, injuries began piling up and the big contract never came. He bounced around on veteran’s minimum deals as injuries persisted.

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Now, he will look to cement himself as an NBA player once again with the Los Angeles Lakers. He could see minutes right away, as his signing may have been prompted by Westbrook landing in the league’s health and safety protocols, opening up a ton of playing time in the backcourt for Los Angeles.

In addition to Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Monk are also in the league’s health and safety protocols.