After a few days of inaction, the National Basketball Association free agent market is suddenly back in full swing.
Isaiah Thomas #7, then of the Los Angeles Lakers, looks to pass the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic at STAPLES Center on March 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Thomas regained some of his offensive pop during his brief run with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points per contest and shooting nearly 40 percent, but was shut down when his ailing hip flared up late in the year.
The point guard led the C's to the Eastern Conference Finals and averaged a career-best 28.9 points per game. After 15 games with Cleveland, he was traded to the Lakers at the deadline and played in 17 games.
ESPN first reported Thomas's signing.
Thomas also struggled in Los Angeles, and eventually had surgery to fix the hip issue. Questions remained about his hip, overall health, and future in the league. The deal, sources told Wojnarowski, is for the veteran minimum.
"I say this with all sincerity: I love the kid", Malone said before Thomas left for Boston, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. There, he started just one game, coming off the bench in his other 16 appearances. If Thomas can't prove healthy enough to be the whirling offensive force he was in Boston, how many teams would be willing to gamble on him again?