After a few days of inaction, the National Basketball Association free agent market is suddenly back in full swing.
For Thomas, it's a stunning fall over one year. "I think he respected that and admired that, because I wanted him to be the best Isaiah Thomas".
Despite the dramatic phrasing, it wasn't an unreasonable demand by Thomas.
After opening his National Basketball Association career with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12 and subsequently playing for the Phoenix Suns, Thomas exploded into stardom with the Boston Celtics. He missed the end of the conference finals when the injury became too much to play through. The injury has not had a great track record of successful recoveries in the National Basketball Association.
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That playoff run ended, however, with a hip injury that lingered well past Boston dealing him to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Making matters worse, inner turmoil threatened to blow the Cavs up, with Thomas involved in some of it, resulting in a poor on-court product. Thomas nearly exclusively came off the bench, scoring 15.6 points per game in 17 games with the Lakers.
Hip injuries are tricky, so it's going to be fascinating to see if the surgery Thomas received will completely fix the issues that have hobbled him for the past year. But questions remain regarding his long-term health.
In a series of posts on his IG story, the All-NBA guard posted images of his stats from his terrific 2016-17 season and wrote that people are "so quick to forget!"
The report states the deal is for the league's veteran minimum. Presumably, if he had bigger and longer offers, he would have taken them.
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But it was in Cleveland that Thomas proved to be a horrendous fit with LeBron James. There, he started just one game, coming off the bench in his other 16 appearances.
Thomas will earn $2 million, according to Wojnarowski.
But if Thomas shoots sub-40% from the field again and struggles to stay healthy, it may put his future up in the air.
Malone had been Thomas' coach during the 2013-14 season in Sacramento, two teams removed from the guard's arrival in Boston.
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" England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said. I'm happy that he used the little advice we gave him in the last few years in a very good way".