Rumor: Heat will explore signing Isaiah Thomas this summer
The Miami Heat will reportedly explore signing veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas this summer, according to Greg L. Sylvander of Miami Heat Beat.
Thomas played with the Denver Nuggets this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer. The lefty fell out of the Nuggets’ rotation and didn’t play a single minute in the playoffs.
Indications are the Heat will at least explore signing Isaiah Thomas this summer as a (low cost) scoring option. https://t.co/Q9qyDK0yHV
— Greg L. Sylvander (@Lefty_Leif) June 1, 2019
The demise of Thomas has been really tough to watch. After averaging 28.9 points per game with the Boston Celtics during the 2016-17 season, Thomas has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Nuggets. The hip injury Thomas suffered in 2017 has really damaged his career. IT underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in March of 2018.
The Heat’s current starting point guard is Goran Dragic, another lefty. Miami is probably looking to add scoring power off the bench now that Dwyane Wade has retired. Thomas averaged 8.1 points this season in 12 games with the Nuggets. He shot 34.3 percent from the field, 27.9 percent from beyond the arc and 63.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Heat missed the playoffs this season. Their roster is headlined by Dragic, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo, Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters. It would be nice to see Thomas get another shot somewhere. However, if Thomas couldn’t crack Michael Malone’s rotation in Denver, it might be tough for Thomas moving forward. After all, Malone coached Thomas on the Sacramento Kings and the two have a very close relationship.