Isaiah Thomas surprised Clippers waived him
Isaiah Thomas admits he was surprised the Los Angeles Clippers waived him.
The Clippers acquired Thomas from the Washington Wizards in the Marcus Morris trade. LA waived Thomas and decided to sign Reggie Jackson after he got a buyout from the Detroit Pistons:
“I was surprised, but I understood the situation on the business side of things,” Thomas told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “I was really a throw-in in the trade. It’s not like they were really trading for me; they were trading for Marcus Morris, which I understand. In my nine years in the NBA, I’ve learned that anything can happen. I thought it could work and I thought it was a good fit for me, but they thought otherwise. That’s okay. Now, I’m just trying to figure out the best situation moving forward.”
With the Wizards, Thomas was hoping to show people he could still play at a high level. He hasn’t been the same superstar player since suffering that hip injury with the Boston Celtics in 2017.
While Thomas showed some flashes of his old self with the Wizards, it apparently wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster. Thomas played in 40 games for the Wizards. He averaged 12.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Basketball fans are hoping Thomas will be picked up by a team once he clears waivers, but right now it doesn’t look like it will be Boston. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently shot down that idea.
In 525 games with the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Celtics, Cavs, Lakers, Nuggets and Wizards, Isaiah Thomas has career averages of 18.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He’s a two-time All-Star.