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Sport Isaiah Thomas says he’s ‘no sixth man,’ but is fine behind Lonzo Ball

04:35  16 march  2018
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Isaiah Thomas may have no problem backing up Lonzo Ball for the good of team chemistry with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the former NBA All-Star will have a different mindset this summer.

When asked about his impending free agency, Thomas made it clear he doesn't see himself as a bench player.

"I'm not no sixth man. And I won't be a sixth man (in the future)," he told USA Today's Sam Amick. "I just want everybody to know that, like clear as can be. I'm a two-time All-Star and a starter who has done things that a lot of people in this league haven't done (when) given that opportunity."

In 14 games as a member of the Purple and Gold, Thomas is averaging 16.7 points and 5.5 assists per game, with shooting splits of .396/.356/.943. Those aren't spectacular percentages by any means, but they're a vast improvement over his production during his brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 29-year-old made his first start as a Laker, due to a rash of injuries across the roster, during Wednesday's 117-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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The Lakers have made it clear that they intend to keep Ball in the starting lineup. The rookie is regarded as the potential face of the franchise, even as he worked through an up-and-down debut campaign.

Thomas, for his part, says he isn't trying to rock the boat in L.A. He understands he was "traded into a situation I can't control" and is "taking advantage of the opportunity they've given me."

"I'm here to help," he added. "I'm here to continue to get better, and I'm still - (expletive), I can reach levels that I know I haven't reached yet, and I'm here to help along the way in whatever they need me to do, and I'm going to be a professional."

Thomas is expected to pursue a big payday this summer, and the Lakers will have significant cap space this summer, but a future partnership with the Big Baller seems unlikely. Unless the Purple and Gold decide to feature IT as a starter going forward, or he's unable to find the role he wants elsewhere, the NBA's shortest player is all but assured to keep his stint in L.A. brief.

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