Lakers Sign Former NBA All-Star After Impressive G League Debut

Published 12/16/2021, 9:25 PM EST
DENVER, CO – APRIL 10: Isaiah Thomas (0) of the Denver Nuggets and the bench watch as the players on the court take on the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 99-95 win on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have picked things up in their recent games. They have figured out a winning formula and won three straight games. However, problems have still emerged. Before the season, they received criticism for signing only veterans to their roster. Now, the Lakers may be planning another veteran.

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For the greater part, the defense has been the main issue for the Lakers. However, their offense does go stagnant when they struggle to make shots. Especially in late-game scenarios, they don’t have a reliable scorer. For this reason, they have their eyes on Isaiah Thomas. He has made a name for himself in being a closer.

WASHINGTON, DC -NOVEMBER 24:
Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas (4) looks for the foul to be called late in the game against the Sacramento Kings at Capital One Arena November 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards 113-106.
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According to the reports, Thomas may sign a 10-day contract with the purple and gold.

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Isiah Thomas to the Lakers?

For the longest time, Thomas has made it clear he wants to get back to the league. The first step came in him scoring a record of 81 points in a game. However, after talking with a few teams, his return did not come through. Now, after playing for the USA, he made his G League debut. Thomas dominated, scoring 42 points, and put all NBA teams on notice. It seems to have stirred the Lakers.

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According to NBA analyst Shams Charania, Thomas could sign a 10-day contract with the purple and gold. This could go both ways for the Lakers. Thomas is a reliable scorer and his ability to produce late in the game could come in handy. However, this could leave a major hole for them on the defensive side of things.

Despite his size, Thomas has proved he can be one of the premier players in the league. In his time with the Celtics, Thomas was an MVP candidate. He made scoring look easy, and when it came to being clutch, Thomas was the guy. However, after he was shipped off to Cleveland in a deal for Kyrie Irving, injuries took his career in a downward spiral.

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Now, with a chance to return and prove himself, Thomas could be a reliable scorer off the bench like Carmelo Anthony. Do you think this is a good move for the Lakers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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