It was reported on Thursday that the Los Angeles Lakers were planning on signing Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day contract using the hardship provision. The hardship provision allows teams to forego typical restrictions with 10-day contracts in the case of missing multiple players on the roster due to illness or other reasons. The Lakers currently have four players on the covid-19 list.
While the move is small in nature as it is just a 10-day contract, some fans have gotten excited to see IT return to the Lakers. Thomas was one of the best scorers in the league with the Celtics and was also one of the most entertaining players as well. He certainly has one of the best stories in the NBA.
While all that is great, it is hard to feel like it is anything more than a waste of time for the Lakers. Sure, the Lakers are getting depth with players currently out and that is a good thing, but the Lakers could have gotten that depth elsewhere.
Why Isaiah Thomas is a waste of time for the Los Angeles Lakers.
First of all, the four players who are on the covid-19 list are Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk and Dwight Howard. The Lakers might seem thin at point guard but LeBron James essentially operates as a point guard and the team still has Rajon Rondo and Austin Reaves for depth.
Rondo has not been in the rotation but he is with the team in Dallas and appears to be perfectly healthy. He is a better depth option for the Lakers than Thomas is.
There is no denying that the Lakers need depth but it would have been nice to see the team elevate one of the two-way contracts to the active roster. Jay Huff or Chaundee Brown could have really benefitted from getting playing time with the Lakers.
Thomas is a scorer and a scorer only. He is horrible on defense and the team does not need him to score. Sure, he is not going to play many minutes and will try and be a microwave-scorer in his limited time on the court, but the Lakers could have maybe gotten more playing time out of one of the two-way players.
At the end of the day, it isn’t like signing Thomas to a 10-day contract is going to make the Los Angeles Lakers any worse. However, they missed the chance to finally give a young guy some playing time which could have had future impacts. Signing Thomas just feels like a waste of time.