After a few years of being out of the NBA, is Isaiah Thomas back and better than ever?
It has been a long journey for Isaiah Thomas. After being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers, and then being waived by the Lakers, he was finally picked up by the Denver Nuggets. However, he was soon traded again, this time to the Sacramento Kings. He played for the Kings for a brief period of time before getting injured and missing the rest of the season. Now, Thomas is a free agent and it is unclear if he will be back in the NBA next season.
Early Life and Career
Isaiah Thomas was born on February 7, 1989, in Tacoma, Washington. He played college basketball for the University of Washington Huskies from 2007 to 2011. Thomas was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA draft with the 60th overall pick. He played six seasons for the Kings before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2014. Thomas averaged 20 points or more per game in three consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2017. In 2017, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, Thomas missed most of the 2017–18 season due to injury and was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
Most recently, Isaiah Thomas was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline in February. Due to injury, Thomas had only played in 15 games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Before his time with the Cavaliers, Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics from the Phoenix Suns in February of 2015. In Boston, Thomas quickly became a fan favorite and one of the best players on the team. He helped lead the Celtics to the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017.
Thomas is currently a free agent and it is unclear if he will return to play for another team next season.
Just two seasons ago, Isaiah Thomas was an MVP candidate, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, he’s out of the league. What happened?
In 2017, Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a package for Kyrie Irving. It was a shocking move at the time, as Thomas had just led the Celtics to the best record in the East and had established himself as one of the best players in the league.
However, Thomas struggled with injuries in Cleveland and was eventually traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers. He played just 15 games for the Lakers before being released.
Now, Thomas is a free agent and it remains to be seen if any team will take a chance on him. His return to prominence in the NBA seems unlikely at this point, but stranger things have happened.
Yes, Isaiah Thomas is back in the NBA. He is currently signed with the Washington Wizards.