The Los Angeles Lakers need help and have little cap space to work on. Hence, the best way to fill up voids with several players injured is the free-agent market. A familiar name linked to the purple and gold is finally getting his chance but his tenure will depend on how he blends in.

Isaiah Thomas, someone who allegedly came close to signing with the Lakers in the offseason, is finally getting his chance.

According to Sham Charania of The Athletic, the 32-year-old guard will be signed after being granted the hardship exemption rule.

The Lakers are struggling with Dwight Howard, Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker out due to injuries. Trevor Ariza and Kendrick Nunn have yet to play a minute this season, showing how Frank Vogel has had to deal with the only available hands on deck.

Ironically, the development comes not long after Thomas dropped 42-points in a G League stint with the Grand Rapids. Proving he can still score buckets in a hurry, the 5-foot-8 cager is best known for his days with the Boston Celtics.

Once made official, it would be his second stint with the Lakers. He suited up in 2018 for the purple and gold but his season was cut short after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his right hip.

The deal will also reunite Thomas with LeBron James, someone he got to play with during their Cleveland Cavaliers 2017-18 season.

The chance holds no promises but if Thomas proves to be a good pickup, there is a chance he could get another 10-day deal or even be signed for the rest of the season. Considering he will be joining a cramped guard rotation, I.T. will have his work cut out for him.

For now, making it back to the NBA is an achievement unlocked for the two-time All-Star. Once he settles in and gets assurance, the next step is trying to stay in the league.

Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Jonathan Bachman

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