Thomas managed seven points (3-15 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, one rebound and one block across 25 minutes in Thursday's 119-111 loss to the Timberwolves.
Thomas had played just five minutes Wednesday against the Pelicans before getting ejected following a first-quarter scuffle with Rajon Rondo, so Thursday's effort was the second consecutive disappointing outing for his fantasy owners. The 29-year-old thus heads into the All-Star Break with decidedly mixed reviews thus far during his three-game Lakers stint, but the chance to further acclimate to his new team and system during the layoff will likely pay dividends. Thomas should resume logging 25-30 minutes at a minimum on most nights when play resumes, as Lonzo Ball (knee) should be healthy enough to return and reclaim the starting point guard role that Josh Hart has been manning in his stead.
Thomas will remain in a bench role Wednesday against the Pelicans, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.
While his agent has made it clear that Thomas prefers to start, the Lakers brought their deadline acquisition off the bench in his debut Saturday against the Mavs, and coach Luke Walton confirmed Tuesday that he'll stick with the same starting five Wednesday night. Thomas was productive in 31 minutes Saturday, finishing with 22 points, six assists, four made threes and six turnovers in what was arguably his best game of the season. It seems likely that Thomas will remain in a reserve role for Thursday's pre-All-Star finale, and the situation will become even more complicated with Lonzo Ball expected to return after the break.
Thomas has 22 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 130-123 loss to the Mavericks.
Thomas came off the bench in his Lakers debut, scoring an efficient 22 points. He shot over 50 percent from the field in just two of his 15 outings for the Cavaliers so this was a welcome sight for owners. His role is still unclear and will be even more clouded once Lonzo Ball (knee) returns to the lineup. There have been rumors of a buyout among other things but until we hear anything definitive, he should be owned in all leagues.
Thomas will come off the bench during his Lakers debut Saturday against the Mavericks, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. Coach Luke Walton's intention is to integrate Thomas into the offense slowly, especially considering the Lakers have won eight of their past 10 games. The plan is for him to eventually start.
Thomas has struggled to look like himself this season while recovering from a hip injury, shooting just 36.1 percent from the field and scoring 14.7 points in 27.1 minutes per game. It's unclear what it will take for Thomas to enter the starting five, whether it be team record, individual improvement, or some combination of both. It's also unclear who will head to the bench once Thomas is starting and Lonzo Ball (knee) returns, though Kentavious Caldwell-Pope seems like a candidate. Regardless, as far as Saturday is concerned, it seems fair to assume he'll hover around his usual workload.
The Thomas era in Cleveland ended up being short-lived, as the point guard will be dealt to Los Angeles after playing in just 15 games for the Cavaliers. Thomas had a rough go with his new team after he finally made it back from his hip injury, as he averaged just 14.7 points per game while shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from behind the arc. Now, he'll get a fresh start in Los Angeles, where he'll give the Lakers some quality point guard depth, which is much-needed with Lonzo Ball still nursing a knee injury. It'll be interesting to see where Thomas fits in once Ball is healthy enough to return, as he could potentially be used to help bolster the team's second unit with rookie Kyle Kuzma. Given that the Lakers play Thursday night at home against the Thunder, Thomas likely won't make his debut with the team until Saturday in Dallas at the earliest.
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