Immediately following the Cavs-Lakers trade, Thomas’s agent told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that IT was not coming off the bench for the Lakers despite the team already having a starting point guard in Lonzo Ball and prefers to get bought out by the team.
Isaiah Thomas’ agent: “He’s not coming off the bench.”
They’d rather have a buyout if he’s not starting. (via @Rachel__Nichols on ESPN’s The Jump)
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 8, 2018
Wow Rachel said that IT3’s agent just texted her and said, “He’s not coming off the bench.”
Ramona stood by her stance. Insists he likely will not start.
Rachel said they’d rather have a buyout if he’s not starting.
— Ry (@JustRyCole) February 8, 2018
As of now the Lakers aren’t really committing to starting Isaiah Thomas over Lonzo.
Magic Johson speaking to CBS Sports’ Allie LaForce
Via Allie LaForce
Lonzo is our starting point guard. And that hasn’t changed,” Magic said when asked how him and IT will fit together. “It’s not about starting, it’s about minutes and he’s gonna get a lot of minutes”
The Lakers do not want to buy out Thomas and intend to play him for the rest of the season.
Via Mike Bresnahan
Lakers do not plan on buying out Isaiah Thomas, Walton said.
Thomas is expected to play the rest of the season with Lakers before becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The inevitable Isaiah Thomas-LaVar Ball war of words is going to be amazing.