The Los Angeles Lakers tend to bring back players who had previous stints with the franchise. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has to find the missing pieces of his puzzle and he has shown interest in a two-time All-Star.
The Lakers traded for Patrick Beverley and got Dennis Schroder. Michael Scotto from HoopsHype reported that the Lakers may try to get Isaiah Thomas again.
“Sources: Two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers along with several players, including Armoni Brooks, Sharife Cooper, Mychal Mulder, and others, @hoopshype has learned,” Scotto tweeted on September 17, 2022.
The Lakers already had the All-Star on their team
Thomas made a few stops in the NBA, spending time with the Hornets, Pelicans, Mavericks, and Lakers. The Lakers gave him a 10-day deal in December, 2021, but he didn’t get another one. Thomas could contribute to the game in several ways. He averaged 9.3 points, two rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his last stint with the franchise.
Thomas had workouts with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook last offseason. This was more than enough for fans to start talking about his potential return to Los Angeles. The Lakers almost got him at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
“I was very close, like I really believe if the Rondo buyout didn’t happen I would have been a Laker and, all respect to Rondo and respect to the Lakers organization, but I was around those guys a little bit,” Thomas told Stadium’s Shams Charania during a December 14, 2021 interview. “They see, I was able to work out with Bron and Westbrook, so they seen me in my element, and they see me back to the person I am.
“So, things happen I can’t control that, but I was very close to signing with the Lakers and that would probably be a really good opportunity to be able to play with such great players and to be able to learn from them great players and be around an organization like the Lakers again. That would have been super dope, but it didn’t happen and you got to move forward.”