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Isaiah Thomas seemingly takes shot at Celtics over handling of injuries

Isaiah Thomas during warmups

Apr 16, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas (0) in the third quarter of the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams has been playing through a significant knee ailment during the playoffs, but a report this week claimed the injury is more about pain management and not one that can be made worse. Consider Isaiah Thomas a skeptic.

Thomas had his best seasons as a pro in Boston. He won fans over by playing through what was described as a bone bruise in his hip during the 2017 playoffs. Last year, Thomas revealed that his injury was worse than initially believed and that he felt the Celtics were not up front with him about it.

On Wednesday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Williams has had his knee drained multiple times during the postseason. However, he has received assurances from the Celtics’ medical staff that he will not make the injury worse by playing. Thomas responded to the report on Twitter by saying “heard that before lol.”

Thomas’ point is obviously that he would not trust Boston’s medical staff. Although, there may be other reasons he does not have fond memories of his time with the Celtics.

Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 points per game during the 2016-17 season. He has played in just 109 games total over five seasons since.

Celtics could bring back unlikely former star after opening up roster space?

Brad Stevens

The Boston Celtics are a step closer to a previously unfathomable scenario.

The Celtics made a series of different trades before Thursday’s deadline, moving seven players: Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, PJ Dozier, Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Bruno Fernando, and Enes Kanter Freedom. They ended up receiving Derrick White and Daniel Theis (in addition to draft picks), giving them five open roster spots in total.

Brian Robb of MassLive.com reported that ex-Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is a candidate for one of the team’s open spots. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe also mentioned the possibility of the Celtics bringing back Thomas.

For his part, Thomas had this to say on Twitter about the flurry moves around the NBA at the trade deadline.

It would be surprising to see Thomas return to the Celtics. He was a beloved figure in Boston during his brief time with them from 2015 to 2017. But after Thomas’ All-NBA 2016-17 campaign where he fought through a major hip injury in the playoffs, the Celtics unceremoniously dumped him in a trade. Thomas was never the same player after the injury, never got another big contract, and never seemed to forgive the team, even as recently as last year.

That said however, Danny Ainge, the man who was responsible for trading Thomas, is no longer with the Celtics. There have also been indications in more recent months that tensions have been cooling. While the 33-year-old Thomas would not move the needle for Boston, a reunion would be a great feel-good story for Celtics fans and for NBA fans in general.

Photo: Apr 22, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts following a call during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game four of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-teammate defends Isaiah Thomas against disrespectful tweet

Isaiah Thomas in basketball gear

Isaiah Thomas worked hard to make it back into the NBA, and one of his old teammates thinks that Thomas deserves better than a recent tweet did him.

StatMuse posted a tweet this week stating that the Los Angeles Lakers were 0-3 ever since signing Thomas.

Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay, who was teammates with Thomas on the Sacramento Kings, defended Thomas against the disrespectful post.

“This is bulls–t,” wrote Gay about the tweet (profanity edited by LBS).

The tweet may be factually true, but it is definitely misleading. While the post might have you believe that the Lakers’ recent skid has been Thomas’ fault, he actually played pretty well in two of those three games. Thomas scored 19 points against Minnesota and 13 points against Chicago.

Though Thomas did admittedly have a 1-for-11 dud against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, the whole Lakers team came out flat that night and lost by 18 points. The absences of Anthony Davis due to injury and players such as Malik Monk and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols are bigger reasons for the losing streak than a player on a 10-day contract like Thomas.

The former All-Star Thomas is widely respected by peers around the league and has already proven that he has still got it. Thus, it is not surprising to see former teammates standing up for Thomas against the outside noise.

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA Today Sports

Isaiah Thomas on verge of making NBA return with contender

Isaiah Thomas in basketball gear

Isaiah Thomas needed just one appearance in the G League to convince an NBA team that he can at least be a temporary help.

The Los Angeles Lakers have applied for a hardship exemption and plan to sign Thomas to a ten-day contract, as first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Lakers need bench depth, as Malik Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker are among those who have been sidelined by the league health and safety protocols.

Thomas will, at the very least, get the chance to show what he can do in a bench role with a contender. Thomas has the chance to get some run as long as some of the Lakers’ key reserves remain out, and he’ll likely be asked to provide some scoring punch off the bench.

The 32-year-old guard proved in his G League debut that he can still score. He’ll have a lot of work to do in order to parlay his performance into a full contract, but he’s at least getting the chance.

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas has monster game in G League debut

Isaiah Thomas in basketball gear

Isaiah Thomas is trying to prove that he still belongs in the NBA. He got off to a good start on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old guard signed with the Denver Nuggets’ G League affiliate on Sunday. On Tuesday, he made his G League debut for the Grand Rapid Golds. He scored 18 points in the first half and finished with 42, though his team lost 131-127.

IT went 16/30 on field goals and was second on his team with eight assists.

The former two-time All-Star worked out for some teams ahead of this season but was not signed. If he’s able to keep putting up big games in the G League, he might be able to find a role off the bench somewhere if a team suffers an injury.

Thomas saw action in three NBA games last season with the Pelicans. He averaged 12.2 points per game over 40 contests with the Wizards the season before.

Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas takes key step in bid to return to NBA

Isaiah Thomas

Former NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas is still aiming to return to the league. On Saturday, he took a big step toward doing so.

Thomas signed a G League contract and is slated to appear in the league’s showcase later in December, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Thomas still wants to play in the NBA again and appears to be healthy.

This is not the first comeback bid for Thomas. The 32-year-old was a regular starter for Washington in 2019-20, and he briefly appeared in three games for New Orleans last season. He worked out with the Golden State Warriors in September, and while they were impressed with parts of his game, they had key reservations and decided to pass on signing him. Those reservations may be issues for other teams as well.

Thomas was an All-Star in both 2016 and 2017 before a hip injury derailed his career. He would be a solid fit for a team that is looking for scoring punch off the bench.

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.