The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday morning that Isaiah Thomas is changing his jersey number from No. 7, to his old jersey number, No. 3. The No. 3 was previously taken by Corey Brewer, who agreed to a buyout with the Lakers at the end of February.
Here’s the tweet announcing the change from the Lakers (@Lakers) official Twitter account:
IT switching up the number. 7 3 pic.twitter.com/h18HDCf22p— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 8, 2018
While most of the Isaiah Thomas jerseys you’ll see on the street will have the No. 4 on the back, Thomas will have now worn the No. 3 with three different teams including the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns. He wore the No. 22 with the Sacramento Kings.
Other notable Lakers to wear the No. 3 include Devean George, Trevor Ariza, and Lakers legends Manny Harris and Devin Ebanks.
Since arriving to Los Angeles, Thomas has looked more like his old self, averaging 18.4 points and 6 assists per game, but has struggled to be efficient in his shot selection. Perhaps changing his number back will have some sort of positive mental effect on him, the same way wearing an undershirt has seemingly had a positive mental effect on Lonzo Ball.
Thomas will suit up for Friday’s game against the Denver Nuggets before facing off against his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Sunday. Something tells me he won’t be linking up with his former teammates while they’re in town.