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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Luke Walton will not commit to Isaiah Thomas as a starter

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Don’t count on Isaiah Thomas starting for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers coach Luke Walton would not commit to making Thomas a starter after the team acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Walton did, however, note that a buyout is unlikely for Thomas.

Thomas is in a very tough spot. He was acquired in a big trade, but mostly as an expiring contract. He’s probably not going to dislodge Lonzo Ball from the lineup, as the Lakers are out of contention and won’t bench a rookie they’ve invested so much in. That probably won’t sit well with Thomas, either, but his options are very limited.

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