Embattled Isaiah Thomas signs 1-year minimum deal with Wizards
MANILA, Philippines – Former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is set to sign a one-year veteran’s minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2019
The embattled star continues his career resurgence after a forgettable year last season with the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 8.1 points and just 1.9 assists on 34% shooting in 12 games.
Thomas had a hard time cracking the deep Denver guard rotation, as he had to battle for minutes against Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Monte Morris. and Malik Beasley. Despite being relatively healthy, Thomas never even played a single minute in the playoffs.
"Nobody knew what to expect with me coming off hip surgery last year and two summers of rehab," Thomas told ESPN. "Now I can go back to being a gym rat this summer, work on my game again and build my body back up – my muscle mass, my leg strength – all like I had going into the 2017 season."
With All-Star guard John Wall currently in the middle of a long rehab process for his torn Achilles, Thomas will have another shot to recreate his magic with a thin Wizards backcourt alongside Bradley Beal and fellow new signee Ish Smith.
That was for my sister!!!! https://t.co/EVR0B6twKo— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 2, 2019
The 5-foot-9 Thomas was once one of the most feared point guards in the NBA with the Boston Celtics due to his relentless drives and clutch plays in the 4th quarter.
However, a major hip injury cut down his athleticism and speed and he has since bounced around the league.
Amid his stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Nuggets, Thomas never came close to reaching his career-best 28.9 points per game average that he got wearing the Celtic green.
However, with the Wizards expected to continue their rebuild without Wall to lead them, Thomas has all the time to once again be the “King of the Fourth.” – Rappler.com