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Isaiah Thomas signs 10-day contract with Lakers

Thomas will join the roster under the NBA's hardship exemption.

Isaiah Thomas dropped 42 points for the Grand Rapids Gold in his NBA G League debut.

Isaiah Thomas has officially signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thomas will join the roster under the hardship exemption, which allows a team to exceed the 15-player maximum. Los Angeles is without several players due to injuries and the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.

Thomas, 32, last played an NBA game during the 2020-21 season when the New Orleans Pelicans signed him to a 10-day contract. He averaged 7.7 points across three games.

The two-time All-Star is coming off an impressive 42-point outing in his NBA G League debut on Wednesday. Thomas played for USA Basketball in November, hitting a clutch 3-pointer in the World Cup qualifying opener against Cuba.

Over the next 10 days, the Lakers will face the Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets.

Thomas returns to Los Angeles after averaging 15.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 26.8 minutes in 17 games (one start) for the Lakers during the 2017-18 season.