Veteran Isaiah Thomas saw his 10-day deal with the Los Angeles Lakers end earlier this week and on Wednesday, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks. Just hours later, he was heading back to where it all started, Sacramento, to face the Kings in his first game with the Mavs.

Although IT dropped just six points in 13 minutes off the bench as Dallas lost a 95-94 thriller, he offered his appreciation to the city that drafted him after the game:

The Mavs guard was selected by the Kings with the very last pick of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Washington. He spent three years in Sacramento and proved to be a fan favorite, averaging 20.3 points per game in his final season there before getting traded to the Phoenix Suns.

As the Mavs continue to deal with COVID-19 problems, they decided to give Thomas another chance on a 10-day contract. He didn't do all that well with the Lakers but his fit in Dallas could make more sense given the lack of weapons around Luka.

For a player who was selected 60th overall, IT carved out a pretty decent career for himself. Although he's fighting to stay in the league right now, he is clearly thankful for Sacramento's love which helped him build his foundation before his superstar stint with the Boston Celtics.

Let's hope Thomas can carve out a nice role for himself with the Mavs.