Dwyane Wade has message for Isaiah Thomas
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas agreed to sign a one-year, veteran’s minimum contract with the Denver Nuggets. In lieu of this news, several NBA players decided to send out a congratulatory message, including Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade.
“I. Can’t. Wait,” Wade wrote in a tweet. “@isaiahthomas go do what you’ve done your whole life and that’s make everyone swallow their words. They can’t measure your heart cuz!”
I. Can’t. Wait. @isaiahthomas go do what you’ve done your whole life and that’s make everyone swallow their words. They can’t measure your heart cuz!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 13, 2018
Thomas, now 29 years of age, has been rehabbing since April, when he went through an arthroscopic cleanup procedure on his right hip. Now, with a new team, as well as a coach he’s quite familiar with, he’ll be looking to prove his worth.
Thomas will be reuniting with Michael Malone, who was his coach with the Sacramento Kings during their 2013-14 campaign.
“Isaiah is effective when you put the ball in his hands,” coach Malone recently told denverpost.com. “When I had him in Sacramento, he averaged 20 points and six assists because I told him, ‘I want you to play your game. I don’t want you to be John Stockton. That’s not who you are.’ And he was allowed to do that with Brad (Stevens) in Boston as well, and he showcased he’s one of the best guards in the NBA.”
After a short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The former Washington Husky joined the Lakers as part of a trade-deadline deal. All in all, Thomas played just 15 games for Cleveland due to a re-aggravated hip injury.
As most hoops fans know, Thomas is a great player — when healthy. In fact, he averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17, earning him a second-team All-NBA selection. Let’s see if a new setting can change his stars, as they say.