Isaiah Thomas to come off the bench vs Mavericks

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Whenever Ball feels discomfort in his knee during a workout, the Lakers will stop the rookie and have him go back to doing what he can that is pain-free.

"It's a goal, I think, every team has, but that was never something we talked about much", Walton explained his balanced coaching philosophy.

"We play a certain way and hold each other accountable", Walton said.

The Lakers play at Dallas on Saturday before having a couple of days off in front of a back-to-back next week at New Orleans and Minnesota entering the All-Star break. It will be interesting to see how many minutes Thomas plays over his first few games in L.A. Lonzo Ball (knee) is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break, at which point there will be a bit of a logjam at point guard.

Ball said he wants to play in the Rising Stars Challenge but isn't sure how his knee will feel by the February 16 event.

On Thursday, ESPN's Rachel Nichols revealed that Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin, texted her that his client was unwilling to "come off the bench" for the Lakers following news of the trade.

Isaiah Thomas landed with the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, and the point guard will be available for the Western Conference club quickly. We told him that.

"He's day-to-day, [Ball] is", Johnson said.

Ball is now healing a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. He's a special young player and he's going to be an incredible talent in this league for years to come. "At that point we'd probably say let's give him an extra week and get him back afterwards".

It's been a brutal season for Thomas so far and his plan to skip surgery on his torn hip labrum and have a strong final year ahead of his contract has backfired so far. The Lakers have accomplished the majority of this feat without #Lonzo Ball. Offensively, I couldn't get going, either. "So, there's no way to know until that day comes".

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