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Kyle Kuzma tried to defend his outfit in Instagram comments

Kyle Kuzma's pregame outfit

Kyle Kuzma went viral on Monday night for wearing one of the most ridiculous pregame outfits you will ever see, and fans weren’t the only ones who roasted the Washington Wizards star. When the blue checkmarks started coming for Kuzma, he had to defend himself.

Kuzma wore an oversized pink sweater prior to Washington’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. The sleeves were so long they nearly touched the floor. He was immediately torn to shreds on Instagram, and LeBron James and other NBA players got in on the fun. Kuzma responded by saying the sweater was “fire” and that he had to keep warm.

Those comments weren’t quite as good as all the hilarious memes we saw, but they were pretty great.

Kuzma scored 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting in the Wizards’ 109-103 loss to Charlotte. The sweater may have kept it warm, but it doesn’t seem like it was good luck.

Here is why the Warriors passed on Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas is still trying to work his way back onto an NBA roster, but his return will not be coming with the Golden State Warriors.

The veteran guard spent a week working out for Golden State. His workouts for the team did not result in a contract offer; they signed someone else instead.

So what happened? The Athletic’s Anthony Slater provided some insight on Friday.

According to Slater, Thomas shot the ball well and showed some good burst in his workouts. However, Slater noted that Thomas’ size and defensive limitations were ultimately the issues that prevented the Warriors from signing him. The team chose to go with bigger and more versatile players instead.

The Warriors will now have five players competing for the 15th spot on their roster.

Golden State went 39-33 last season. That was a big improvement from the previous season, when they had the worst record in the league. The Warriors are a long ways away from being the dominant machine that won three titles in the last decade. However, they will likely figure in the playoff race in the West this season.

Thomas does not seem interest in playing overseas, but he may have to reconsider his options.

No, Isaiah Thomas will not be playing overseas next season

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas may not have found a new NBA home yet, but he is not about to head overseas any time soon.

The former All-NBA guard was linked to Russian professional team CSKA Moscow in rumors this week. The sources of the rumors seems to have been a report from a Greek journalist that may have gotten lost in translation.

Thomas took to Twitter on Wednesday to refute the rumors, saying that he would not be going overseas and that they had the wrong Isaiah. Thomas’ agent, Bernard Lee, also tweeted the same, emphasizing that Thomas is still focused on a return to the NBA.

The 32-year-old Thomas made three appearances last season for the New Orleans Pelicans on a ten-day contract. He has been unsuccessful in landing another NBA deal since then but came close to signing with a top contender.

Going from the NBA to playing overseas is a big blow to the ego that not many former stars are willing to bite the bullet on. That said, Thomas has proved that he can still ball, and his faith in himself may not be misplaced.

Isaiah Thomas could sign with Mavericks?

Isaiah Thomas

The Dallas Mavericks had JJ Barea on their roster for many years and now could be signing a similar-sized player.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Dallas Mavericks recently worked out Isaiah Thomas in addition to ex-NBA stars Lance Stephenson and Monta Ellis. Charania adds that Thomas in particular appeared to be in great shape.

The 32-year-old former All-Star Thomas appears to be right on the fringe of cracking an NBA roster. He recently came very close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers before the team decided to go with Rajon Rondo instead. Thomas also proved this summer that he can still kick some game, scoring 81 points during a Pro-Am competition.

Stephenson and Ellis are compelling options as well, particularly Ellis, who is an ex-Maverick and recently campaigned for another shot in the league. Dallas needs somebody to create offense next to Luka Doncic and scouring the veteran bargain bin seems to be the move for them right now.

Report: Isaiah Thomas worked out with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook

Isaiah Thomas

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to add a point guard to their roster and are considering a few candidates. One player may actually have the lead in the race.

Isaiah Thomas worked out with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook on Tuesday, according to Chris B. Haynes. Haynes reports that the team has also worked out Mike James and Darren Collison. The report says that no signing is imminent.

The Lakers have 12 players under guaranteed contracts. They plan to carry 14 players on their active roster rather than the maximum of 15. They want a third point guard and possibly a wing player to fill out those two spots.

Thomas, 32, last played a full season in 2016-2017. He has since been bothered by a hip injury that required surgery. Thomas had an abbreviated NBA comeback last season, making three total appearances for the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract. He showed his skills recently though by scoring 81 points in a Pro-Am game. During his peak, the veteran point guard was a two-time All-Star for the Celtics.

Collison, who turns 34 next week, retired after the 2018-2019 season. As of a year ago, he was still considering a return to the NBA. The Southern California native and former UCLA guard was even rumored to be considering playing for the Lakers or Clippers.

James, 30, appeared in 13 games last season for the Brooklyn Nets. He has the least NBA experience of the three players but is the youngest.

Westbrook and LeBron working out one player seems to be an indication that he may have the inside track. There is also one other detail that seems to work in Thomas’ favor.

LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas have buried hatchet?

LeBron James

LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas were not exactly the closest of teammates during their time together on the Cleveland Cavaliers. It finally appears though that they are smoking the peace pipe.

James tweeted a message of support for Thomas this week after Thomas scored 81 points at a Pro-Am game in Seattle.

Thomas then responded by tweeting his gratitude back at James, referring to him as “KING.”

“You already know KING!!!” he wrote. “All love killa. This s— don’t stop.”

The exchange is notable as the two had clashed as teammates in Cleveland. Thomas reportedly felt that James talked down to him, and the former All-Star guard was traded after making just 15 appearances in a Cavs uniform. Recent months also saw Thomas take another apparent shot at James.

The timing of this peace offering is probably no coincidence though. Reports suggest that James’ Los Angeles Lakers are considering signing Thomas.

Report: Lakers considering signing Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

The Los Angeles Lakers have already assembled quite the squad of free-agent mercenaries this offseason, including former superstars Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. We can now add another one-time MVP candidate to their radar as well.

NBA writer Marc Stein reported Wednesday that the Lakers have weighed using one of their remaining roster spots on former All-NBA guard Isaiah Thomas. While Stein says that a Thomas signing is far from assured, the Lakers are in the market for additional depth in the backcourt.

The 32-year-old Thomas had an abbreviated NBA comeback last season, making three total appearances for the New Orleans Pelicans on a 10-day contract. He still has game though, having made headlines this week by scoring 81 points at a Pro-Am game in Seattle.

Thomas was briefly a Laker in 2017-18, so the familiarity is there. The team does need a bit more guard help after losing Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Ben McLemore this summer (though they did acquire Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn, and Malik Monk). Thomas’ old beef with LeBron James however might be a hurdle to overcome.

Isaiah Thomas puts up 81 points in pro-am game

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas is still seeking a route back into the NBA, and he’s trying to show how worthy he is by lighting up opponents on the pro-am circuit.

Thomas put up 81 points on Sunday in Seattle’s “The CrawsOver” pro-am league. In video that emerged from the event, Thomas looked quick and fluid and was knocking down shots from deep.

Obviously, it’s tough to glean much of anything from a brief video, especially against lower-level opposition. Still, anything that gets Thomas some notice can’t hurt his case to play in the NBA again.

There have been some recent rumors linking Thomas to a possible return to one of his former teams. Anybody that could use some bench scoring could probably find some use for the 32-year-old point guard.

Report: Celtics interested in bringing back Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

It wasn’t long ago that Isaiah Thomas was one of the biggest stars on the Boston sports scene. Much has changed since then, but the Celtics might be interested in turning back the clock.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics have interest in bringing Thomas back as a free agent. Celtics president Brad Stevens is said to be “one of Thomas’ biggest fans.”

Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game for the Celtics in 2016-17, battling through a hip injury and the death of his sister during a memorable playoff run. That hip injury proved to be his downfall, along with a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving that summer. He’s only appeared in 87 regular season games since and has never come close to approaching his previous level.

Thomas’ departure from the Celtics was an emotional one that did not seem to go down well with the point guard. His feelings appear to have softened as time has passed, however, suggesting that this reunion might be plausible. How much Thomas has left in the tank is another question entirely.

Ex-LeBron James teammate enjoyed seeing him get mocked by Suns

LeBron James

There still does not appear to be any love lost between LeBron James and one of his former teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas told ESPN’s Zach Lowe this week that he got a kick out of James being mocked by Jae Crowder and the Phoenix Suns during the first round of the playoffs.

“It was hilarious,” said Thomas. “Jae is not taking s— from anybody.”

Crowder openly trolled James for much of the series, which the Suns ended up winning in six games. He even taunted James with a salsa dance in reference to a recent ad that James appeared in for Mountain Dew.

As for Thomas, he is close with Crowder, having been teammates with him for three seasons on two different teams. But Thomas, who also played with James on the Cavs during the 2017-18 campaign, never seemed to quite get along with The King. The fact that James was the target of Crowder’s taunts had to make it that much more entertaining for Thomas.