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Isaiah Thomas’ next steps revealed after brief NBA stints with Lakers, Mavs

Isaiah Thomas, Los Angeles Lakers

Isaiah Thomas’ recent stint with the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t end up panning out. The point guard featured in four games for the Lakers back in late December but wasn’t offered another 10-day contract. He was then scooped up by the Dallas Mavericks on a 10-day, but saw a total of 13 minutes of game time before the two sides parted ways. Still hoping to get back into the league, Thomas’ next steps have been revealed. According to Marc Stein, Thomas is expected to re-join the NBA G-League’s Grand Rapids Gold after the All-Star break.

The last time Thomas played for the Gold, he put on a show, dropping 42 points in his lone game for the team under head coach Jason Terry. His performance saw him earn another shot in the NBA with the Lakers, though he failed to extend his stay with the team beyond the month of December.

After failing to make an impact in Dallas, Thomas will now look to impress once again with the Gold, where Terry should give him free rein to command the backcourt. Considering he won’t be making the move until after the All-Star break, Thomas’ first chance to play for the Gold will likely be Feb. 23 in a road game against the Windy City Bulls.

In five games during the 2021-22 season, Thomas is averaging 8.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game across 13.0 minutes of court time per night. He struggled to shoot the ball efficiently, however, hitting just 31.9% of his field goals and a lowly 20% of his 3-point attempts.