Isaiah Thomas will come off the bench for the Lakers on Saturday

11 February, 2018, 05:37 | Author: Virgil Todd

Walton and Thomas had dinner together in Dallas on Friday and discussed expectations and roles, sources told ESPN.

After ascending from sixth man to superstar in Boston over the past few years, Isaiah Thomas will return to coming off the bench for his LA Lakers debut, reports ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Walton's intention is to integrate Thomas slowly into the offense and the point guard agrees with the strategy, sources told ESPN.

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As the Los Angeles Lakers get ready for their Saturday evening matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, the team is figuring out how to incorporate new additions Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye into the lineup. "He's met with Luke and (assistant coach) Brian Shaw and he understands the direction of the team, and wants to come in and contribute the right way". He was shipped off to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving in a deal that sent the Cavaliers Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick. After setting the league ablaze last season, averaging 28.9 points per game, he would only suit up for the Cavaliers 15 times. But if the Lakers choose to offer Thomas his fair share of playmaking duties as well, the star rookie showed at UCLA that he can also succeed in an off-ball capacity.

"We need a point guard. We told him that".

Thomas has struggled this season after hip surgery in the summer and it's unclear how much he has left in the tank. [Brandon Ingram has] been doing a fabulous job but we've gotta get another guy in here. And also, a veteran that can also help Lonzo. Hopefully IT can come in and do that.

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