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Eugene Bates | 11 February, 2018, 05:36

Thomas and coach Luke Walton reportedly had dinner on Friday to discuss his role and expectations with the Lakers.

"The plan is for Thomas to eventually work himself into position to join the starting five, according to sources. I am happy to be here with the Lakers, happy to be with a young team that is exciting, that likes to get up and down - that's my style of play".

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas (3) dribbles the ball in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Quicken Loans Arena.

"He's met with Luke and [assistant coach] Brian Shaw and he understands the direction of the team, and wants to come in and contribute the right way". The Lakers also received a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick.

By doing so, the Lakers were able to create enough cap space to pursue two max free agents this coming offseason.

In just 14 minutes of action off the bench, Thomas led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-7 shots from behind the arc and four assists. Last season for the Boston Celtics, he averaged 28.9 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field. However, he will likely be playing a large role with the Lakers.

"We need a point guard", said Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations.

"He's day-to-day, (Ball) is".

Thomas has struggled this season after hip surgery in the summer and it's unclear how much he has left in the tank. [ Brandon Ingram has] been doing a fabulous job but we've gotta get another guy in here. Hopefully IT can come in and do that.

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