Some executives believe that Thomas may have to settle for the mid-level exception, given the number of teams that are capped out and don't have a better mechanism to get quality players.
Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Lakers 130-123 on Saturday night.
Thomas' struggles, and he made about the team, contributed to the Cavs' growing tensions and led to boos from fans on multiple occasions - a stark contrast to his time in Boston.
"That will come", Thomas said of upcoming tutorials.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the biggest story of National Basketball Association trade deadline day, as general manager Koby Altman revamped the roster in three separate deals, giving the Cavs an entirely new look with two months left until the playoffs.
Theoretically, Ball could practice fully on Tuesday and play Wednesday in New Orleans, although that seems slightly ambitious with Walton reiterating that the Lakers are "going to be patient with Lonzo no matter what".
For his part, Thomas sounds accepting of his new role despite publicly being on record that he did not want to be a sixth man.
Whether or not Thomas and his agent truly believe what they're saying right now, it's a good first step to Thomas' time with the Lakers. "So, it's different for everyone, but I assume someone that plays like him he'll be just fine".
Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton's offense than he did in an ill-fated 15-game stint with Cleveland after the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. "It was a surprise, but at the same time, I am happy to have a new start, 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".
Julius Randle scored a game-high 26 points for Los Angeles before fouling out in the final minute. "I watched this team from afar".
In time, the match between the All-Star point guard and his young, athletic and eager teammates could be a victor.
After the game, he declared that he had his "powers back" and after taking part in his first practice session with the Purple and Gold, he made a decision to take a subtle dig at his old team.
Thomas has been wearing Bryant's low-top sneakers for the last few years of his career, but the kicks mean a lot more now that he's in a Lakers' uniform, as they've held a special meaning for the city.
While Thomas is making his way back from a hip injury, Frye says the point guard will return to the form that had him averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists past year. I think those guys were a pretty significant plus for the game, which is a positive. I watched this team from afar.
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