NBA teams are addressing their greatest needs these days. Will the Los Angeles Lakers make a move? Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka may play things safe. If he adds players to the roster, he will do it through free agency. There have been numerous reports linking the Lakers to top players, and this time they show interest in the former MVP candidate.
There are several buyout candidates on Pelinka’s list. However, he has interest in players who are already available on the market.
Isaiah Thomas is one of them. Jon Krawczynski from The Athletic reported that the Lakers may go after a veteran guard.
Lakers have reasonable interest in the former MVP candidate
Thomas spent some time with the Lakers in the 2017-2018 season. He played in 17 games and averaged 15.6 points per game. He was part of the Washington Wizards last season and shot 41.3% from the 3-point line. If his 3-point shooting is better, Thomas may be an excellent pickup for the Lakers.
NBA experts would agree that Thomas is one of the most fascinating players in league history. He is 5-foot-9 and is one of the short players who have had great success in the NBA. At one point in his career, he looked like one of the best basketball players of all-time.
In 2017, Thomas was playing with the Boston Celtics. He had a good season and averaged 28.9 points per game. Thomas led the Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference. This season made him fifth in MVP voting that year.
Things didn’t go that well for the player. Thomas sustained a hip injury during Boston’s playoff run. His game changed and he was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team added him to the Kyrie Irving deal. Thomas struggled to regain form and took some time off.
Thomas knows LeBron James. He is a career 36.4% shooter but shot over 40% with the Wizards. LA needs a stronger 3-point shooter. LA has issues with the offense, and Thomas’ scoring points could help them a lot.