Ever since Isaiah Thomas was traded from the Celtics to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving deal in 2017, he’s struggled to reach the level of play that made him a two-time All Star in Boston. However, after a year away from the NBA, the 32-year-old is getting another shot.
As first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans plan to sign Thomas to a 10-day contract. The Pels will be Thomas’ sixth team in the last four years.
A hip injury limited Thomas to just 44 games between 2017 and 2019, but he returned to play a starting role for the Washington Wizards early last season, averaging 12 points and four assists per game. However, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline, and subsequently waived.
After going unsigned leading up to the 2021 NBA season, Thomas joined the US National Team for qualifying games in the Caribbean. In his first competitive action in over a year, he scored 19 points against the Bahamas. That audition proved to be worth it, as now he finds himself back on an NBA roster, and supposedly fully healthy. He’s expected to make his season debut on Sunday.
Thomas was originally acquired by the Celtics for a second-round pick at the 2015 trade deadline. In his two full seasons in Boston he was named an All Star, and earned All-NBA honors in 2017, when he averaged 29 points a game and led the C’s to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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