Lakers planning to sign Isaiah Thomas if granted a hardship exception
Thomas returned to competitive basketball Wednesday night and scored 42 points for the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA’s G League in his first game back.
The 5-foot-9 guard played 17 games for the Lakers in 2018, averaging 15.6 points. He played three games last season for the New Orleans Pelicans. Thomas will turn 33 in February.
Injuries have slowed Thomas, once one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers.
In 528 games, he averaged 18.1 points.
The Lakers canceled a practice Tuesday after Talen Horton-Tucker entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. What’s next for the NBA, NFL and NHL?
Teams can apply for hardship waivers when they have four or more injured or sick players who will miss extended time.
The Lakers currently have two players injured, Trevor Ariza and Kendrick Nunn, and three in the health and safety protocols — Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk and Dwight Howard.
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