Lakers GM Rob Pelinka had a busy day at work. After Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley were confirmed to join the Covid protocol, he signed Isaiah Thomas.
The Lakers’ depth chart had already deteriorated precariously before more bad news hit them today. They have seven players on the injury report before the start of the day, including LeBron and AD, who are active on a daily basis.
Things took a turn for the worse when a nine-time All-Star and 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook was confirmed to be on the Covid protocol. He was soon joined by former Celtic Avery Bradley.
This reduces their already depleted protection rotation, which currently lacks Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn. The Lakers are clearly in need of fitness at the moment – as are some other teams like the Chicago Bulls.
Zach LaVine congratulates Isaiah Thomas on signing with the LA Lakers; NBA Twitter reaction
In the midst of such unprecedented circumstances, Rob Pelinka became wary of signing the Hail Mary. He seems to have made a calculated bet in reuniting LeBron with Isaiah Thomas.
The 5’9″ point guard was a one-point MVP contender with the Boston Celtics. However, he suffered a hip injury that cost him his once elite athletic ability.
Due to his lack of explosiveness, Isaiah’s already shaky physique is no longer NBA-worthy. But he still possesses the same attack skill set as before, only with a slightly lower burst rate.
Most importantly, he can play whenever, wherever he gets the chance to do so. He led the USA Basketball Team to victory before going on to drop 42 points in his latest G-League.
That clearly means the time is ripe for an NBA team to catch up with him. There are too many minutes to watch what appears to be another NBA season affected by the pandemic. Zach LaVine has felt the same way before, and he congratulates Isaiah on realizing his dream once again.
My dawg is back where he belongs! @isaiahthomas
– Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) December 16, 2021
Isaiah is expected to play over 20 minutes in at least 3-4 games in the near term. The Lakers need to attack and they need bodies with NBA level experience. How they organize the fortress in the coming days will determine the course of their season.
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