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Isaiah Thomas is hoping to convince the Lakers to sign him to a long-term deal

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With his contract ending in the summer, Isaiah Thomas has an interesting couple of months ahead as he seeks to prove that he can get back to his All-Star level.

The point guard finally found a home in Boston with the Celtics and developed into an All-NBA player during two-and-a-half seasons with the franchise.

Everything was going so well for the 29-year-old but after suffering a hip injury late in the campaign, the Celtics decided to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving in August.

After spending the first four months recovering from his injured hip, Thomas made his debut for the Cavs in January but things didn't go well for him as a member of the team.

He struggled to fit in and get his rhythm back which led to disharmony in the locker room and many losses on the floor.

Cleveland general manager Koby Altman decided to take drastic action and traded Isaiah and five other players at the deadline.

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IT was offloaded to the Los Angeles Lakers - along with Channing Frye - in return for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

He's already made a decent start to life with the Lakers and has shown flashes of getting back to his best.

Despite spending just a few weeks in L.A., Thomas believes he's already in a better situation and is optimistic about his future with the team.

"I've been in this situation before when I got traded to Boston, a team right outside the playoffs, a team that was young, really didn't know how to win," Thomas said, per ESPN.

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"And I just brought a different swagger to that organisation. And we took it and ran with it."

The two-time All-Star is already keen to secure a long-term deal with the Purple and Gold and potentially look to re-sign in the offseason when he hits free agency.

"I'm coming to an L.A. team that's young, that already has a system. And I just want to help," he said.

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"Hopefully I'm here long-term, you know, with me being a free agent this summer. But if I'm not, these last 25 games I'm going to play my heart out and show the Lakers why I should be here long term."

The trade with the Cavs allowed Los Angeles to open up two max contract spots on their roster which they will attempt to use to lure marquee free agents LeBron James and Paul George.

If they fail to land their top two targets, there's a possibility they'll look to re-sign Thomas. But at this stage, his future is still very much up in the air.

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