Watch Isaiah Thomas Rock Lakers Gear For First Time Since Cavs Trade

Isaiah Thomas is feeling refreshed after his recent trade.

"This is the best they have been playing", Thomas said.

Along with the Thomas deal, the team also landed George Hill and Rodney Hood in trades and shipped Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz (Rose was later cut) and Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings. But, when Thomas spoke to reporters prior to the Lakers' game in Dallas, he had no complaints about not starting. However, Thomas said he was willing to play whatever role was asked of him.

What's more, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Thomas "led the charge" during a meeting when teammates questioned why Kevin Love left a game with illness. Some have seen enough in his 31 minutes as a Laker to declare that he is enough to make them a playoff team. It sounds as if the Lakers will grant Thomas every opportunity to be productive. Even though the Lakers performed very well offensively, and even shot a higher percentage from the field, it was the Mavericks who came out with the win. Turnovers, ultimately, doomed the Lakers and a homecoming for Julius Randle. Randle committed five of the team's 17 turnovers and appeared particularly agitated with the referees on this night. The Lakers let the giant German get going, and Nowitzki never stopped hitting the bottom of the net.

Walton applauded Thomas' dedication to learning the team's playbook before finishing his Los Angeles debut with 22 points and six assists. Although, he also said he wants to help L.A. any way he can. Hart only played 17 seconds of the fourth quarter and only entered at the end of the game after Randle fouled out. The Lakers like to switch defensively quite often, and that left Thomas in some really bad situations defensively.

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.

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