Isaiah Thomas had an interesting 2017-18 season. After a year in which he blossomed into a superstar as part of the Boston Celtics, Thomas was shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers via a blockbuster trade in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Then he had to pack his belongings at the trade deadline when he was sent to the Los Angeles Lakers by the Cavs along with Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Currently a free agent, Thomas is still in search of a new deal. However, it’s likely that the spitfire point guard will be flipping back to the Eastern Conference, as it is being reported by Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype that Thomas and the Orlando Magic are in the midst of what appears to be a serious negotiation.
Isaiah Thomas and the Orlando Magic are negotiating a possible deal, according to league sources. Nothing has been agreed to yet, but it seems both sides want to get this done.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2018
Orlando can offer plenty of minutes for Thomas or the same usage he had before when he was peaking in Boston. As of the moment, the Magic’s point guard depth only has D.J. Augustin, who has been a backup point guard for most of his career. Thomas is continuing to recover from a hip surgery he underwent last March.
Last season, Thomas appeared in a total of just 32 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 15.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.1 rebounds. Thomas earned $6.2 million last season, and he’s certainly looking to earn way more than that when he signs his next deal.
Signing Thomas would give the Magic one of the smallest point guard rotations in the leagie with both him and Augustin standing no taller than six feet.