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Ex-Celtics star refutes reported training with Lakers

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On September 17, Hoopshype’s Michael Scotto reported that several players were training with the Los Angeles Lakers. Among the many players who have worked for her was former Boston Celtics doubles star Isaiah Thomas, who previously had two stints with the Lakers.

Shortly after Scotto reported this, Thomas himself took to Twitter to directly refute Scotto’s report, stating that said training never took place.

During the offseason, the Lakers added point guards Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schroder and currently have other guards on the roster such as Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn and Matt Reeves. Adding someone like Thomas doesn’t seem like a necessary step on their part.

Thomas has remained a free agent throughout the offseason even as training camp is about to begin. So it would be believable that he would do whatever training he can get to continue his career in the NBA. However, the Lakers did not provide such training for him.

More details could follow after Thomas’ denials.

Thomas has played twice for the Lakers in his NBA career. Once during the 2017-18 season when he was acquired by the team at the close of trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and again last season on a 10-day contract.

During Thomas’ first stint with the Lakers, he averaged 15.6 points and five assists while shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from three in 17 games while playing 26.8 minutes per game. His season ended prematurely when he decided to have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on March 29.

Thomas then began his second stint with the Lakers when they signed him to a 10-day contract in the 2021-22 season. It was also the second time Thomas played with LeBron James since they played together in Cleveland in the 2017-18 season. In the four games he played for the Lakers, Thomas averaged 9.3 points, two rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 30.8 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from three.

The Lakers chose not to keep Thomas after his 10-day contract expired. Thomas then played one game for the Dallas Mavericks before getting on his feet with the Charlotte Hornets.

On September 15, the StatMuse Twitter account praised Thomas for all he accomplished in 2016-17, his final season with the Celtics.

Thomas responded to the tweet, claiming his point average would have been higher if he hadn’t played in the Celtics’ final game of the regular season. Thomas claims then-President of Basketball of Operations Danny Ainge got him playing.

According to, Thomas’ point average was actually 29.1 points per game before the regular season finale, but his point is still valid as it would have been higher than his final statistical performance had he not played in that game.

Though his scoring average went down a bit, none of his shot odds were affected by playing in the team’s final game. Thomas’ fifth place finish in MVP voting in the 2016–17 season was the highest finish Celtic had placed for MVP spot since Kevin Garnett finished third in the 2007–08 season. However, Jayson Tatum could be next as he finished sixth in MVP voting for the 2021-22 season.

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