Isaiah Thomas has revealed that he expects to be a starter as he joins the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thomas was dealt to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal on deadline day, and when asked about his role as a starter, Thomas said he “didn’t want to mess anything up.”
“Yes, I would love to be a starter,” he said. “I feel I deserve that and earned that. At the same time, it’s a new chapter for me.”
When asked if he was happy about how the trade went down, he said he’s just focused on the Lakers now.
Thomas was sent to the Lakers along with Channing Frye from the Cavs in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
Dwyane Wade headed back to Miami in exchange for a heavily protected second-round pick.
In a large three-team deal, Utah sent Rodney Hood to Cleveland. The Jazz also sent Joe Johnson to Sacramento, with the Cavs sending Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah. Sacramento sent George Hill to Cleveland. Utah released Rose on Saturday.