Two Key Lakers To Make Season Debuts This Week

The Los Angeles Lakers are getting some much-needed reinforcements in the lineup on Friday, according to reports. 

NBA Insider Shams Charania tells us that offseason free agent pickups Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant are both expected to play on Friday for the first time this season.

And as a final prep, they're getting in some reps with the G League team on a rehab assignment that's only for the day. 

Schroder and Bryant both had similar thumb surgeries in the preseason and haven't yet suited up with their new mates. Kendrick Nunn has played 11 games thus far, but is only playing 13 minutes a game, and still trying to get up to full strength after missing the entire 2021-22 season with a bone bruise in his knee. 

Thomas actually started his career with the Lakers, but spent the previous four seasons with the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 11.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36% percent from three-point range. 

Schroder spent the 2020-21 season with the Lakers, putting up 15.4 points and 5.8 assists, but left as a free agent. He's back this year on a $2.6M deal. 

The Lakers, 3-10 and in 14th spot in the West, are desperately in need of some offensive help, and both Schroder and Thomas can help. 

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