Isaiah Thomas made his Lakers debut last night.
The most noteworthy deal at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday involved the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
The headliner of that transaction was point guard Isaiah Thomas. The Cavs acquired IT in the Kyrie Irving trade and he was expected to be another star alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love.
Instead, Thomas missed a significant portion of the season with a hip issue. When he returned, he struggled to get integrated with the Cavs, clashing with teammates and coaches.
Thomas now has a fresh start in LA, and he made the most of it last night. In his first game in the purple and gold, Thomas made a big contribution.
The 5-foot-9 southpaw came off the bench to score 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 31 minutes. He was 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Thomas also dished out six assists.
“I felt like I got my powers back playing on this team,” Thomas said post-game.
22 points and 6 assists for the newest Laker. pic.twitter.com/PR9VN5WUFG
— ESPN (@espn) February 11, 2018
With Thomas set to be a free agent at the end of the year, his stint with the Lakers could be critical for his market value.
Here’s a look at what he might receive on the open market.