Prior to the trade deadline last month, the Los Angeles Lakers made the big splash move to acquire two-time All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a major trade.
In the time since then, Thoams has quickly become comfortable in Los Angeles playing in a significant role in the rotation as one of the primary scoring options. According to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times, the 29-year-old recently voiced that he would “love” to re-sign with the team this upcoming summer.
“I like it here, I like the situation I’m in, the system, coaching staff,” Thomas said. “Organization’s been great to me. If things work out I would love to be here. You just never know. With free agency you’ve got to keep your options open. I have no complaints since I’ve stepped foot and put a Laker uniform on.”
It took a few games for Thomas to get his legs under him in a Lakers’ uniform, but he has quickly become a prominent offensive factor for his new team. Although he has struggled to be an effective shooter on the floor 37.7 percent from the floor, he is averaging 15.6 points with 5.2 assists per contest in 16 games played. This includes scoring in double figures 13 times with six 20-point performances.
Thomas has also quickly picked up a leadership and mentor role with the Lakers’ young core group with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each speaking highly of presence and contribution to the team since his arrival. He has brought much stability to the backcourt along with another proven scorer that can carry the offensive load.
That said, it could be hard to envision Los Angeles bringing Thomas back given that he has a strong desire to be a full-time starter like he was in his two previous stops. The Lakers are set with having Ball as their long-term answer at point guard as one of their primary pieces to build around.
There is certainly the possibility that the Lakers could re-sign him, but things may have to unfold in a certain fashion in free agency for that to potentially happen. In the meantime, it’s becoming quite clear that Thomas is open to the idea of coming back to Los Angeles.
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