Skip on Isaiah Thomas’ return: ‘If anybody can figure out how to blend him into the starting unit, it’s LeBron James’

SKIP BAYLESS: Isaiah Thomas is going to start for the Cleveland Cavaliers sooner or later. Right?

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

SKIP BAYLESS: If anybody can figure out how to blend him into the starting unit, LeBron James can.

SHANNON SHARPE: Correct.

SKIP BAYLESS: Because I’ve never seen anybody better at figuring out a dynamic than LeBron is. He will share the basketball. He’s still the best passer in basketball. And he can be unselfish when he needs to be to get somebody else involved. He did a great job with Kyrie. They figured out how– it worked, you know? And he had to defer, he had to sacrifice. And I’m sure he will figure it out offensively with this little man.

SHANNON SHARPE: Correct.

SKIP BAYLESS: But this little man has a big ego. And I’m not condemning, I’m not even criticizing. He just does have a big ego, because it’s propelled him to this stage of his career. And he wants the basketball.

He had, you know, he had the fifth highest usage rate in the league last year. He’s just used to having the ball in his hands. He’s already stated it. I can score 30 a game for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 29 a game for the Boston Celtics last year.

SHANNON SHARPE: What he wants more than 30 points, Skip, is he wants that max contract.

SKIP BAYLESS: OK.

SHANNON SHARPE: And he feels that scoring the boatload of points, that’s going to give him that. He– I think he is saying to himself, if I just average 18, 19 points, nobody’s going to give me a max contract. But if I average over 25, I’m more apt to get that. That’s what he wants, because he was a second-round draft pick, Skip, and he hasn’t had that gigantic payday that he sees everybody else getting.

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