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Los Angeles Lakers' Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye meet with new teammates

Feb 7 2018 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas controls the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague defends in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Lakers' Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye meet with new teammates
Noah Ferguson | 11 February, 2018, 06:05

Over the last month, the Lakers have been one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association record-wise.

Thomas had dinner with Lakers coach Luke Walton on Friday and discussed his role with the team, as well as the organization's expectations after being acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday during the National Basketball Association trade deadline, according to the report.

The 29-year-old Thomas, who continues to work himself back into form after a hip injury, is playing on an expiring contract - he will become an unrestricted free agent in July - which made him attractive for the Lakers, who will now have the space to add two max contracts in 2018 or 2019.

In their last game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers were able to win easily, as both Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook sat out with ankle injuries.

Thomas will integrate into the Lakers system as a sixth man before they attempt to move him into the starting lineup, Haynes reports.

Thomas began the 2017-18 season recovering from a hip injury before making his debut for the Cavaliers on January 2. After setting the league ablaze last season, averaging 28.9 points per game, he would only suit up for the Cavaliers 15 times.

The Lakers' franchise rookie point guard Lonzo Ball could return from an MCL sprain after the All-Star break.

Coming off the surgery, Thomas is clearly not all the way back to where he was.

Thomas' agent was initially adamant that the point guard would not accept a role off the bench for the Lakers and there was speculation that the former Cavalier would ask for a buyout if he were not a starter.

Thomas can easily play around 30 minutes per game with Ball out, as that is right around where Clarkson was.

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