Heading into the end of the first week of July, point guard Isaiah Thomas is only a year removed from putting up an NBA third-best 28.9 points per game during his last season with the Boston Celtics, helping catapult them to the postseason.
Yet the 5-foot-9 dynamo has been mostly looked at as a backup point guard throughout this free agency period — likely gone from the Los Angeles Lakers with no contract extension in the horizon after a season-ending hip surgery in 2017 and another procedure to re-calibrate this summer.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that while there is “great interest” in the two-time All-Star, most organizations view him as a backup point guard at this point.
“I think you’ll see talks with him start to heat up in the next few days as we have gotten through that first wave of players,” Wojnarowski told SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves on Thursday.
Thomas averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists per game last season after coming back from injury — one that has been viewed as historically career-altering by many in NBA circles.
The Washington product played in only 32 combined games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Lakers, still a shadow of his high-scoring self as he attempted to regain his momentum after missing the first half of the season.
Recently, the Orlando Magic have shown interest in signing him to a deal, as the team could use some depth at the point guard position.