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Need a Back-up Point Guard? Sign Isaiah Thomas

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The NBA Summer League has tipped off and the rosters are filled with young players trying to make an impact to stick, albeit as a part of the active roster or a two-way contract with the G-League affiliate. But perhaps scouts should also take a peek at the Seattle Pro-Am League, which is a mixture of former professional and collegiate-level players… one who just happens to be a former Boston Celtics standout in Isaiah Thomas.

The two-time NBA All-Star scored a whopping 81 points in a game there recently (the league is also known as The Craws Over) and incredibly is only 32 years old. Injuries have derailed the former Washington Huskie the past few years and he has been unable to play over 40 games in a single season since the 2016-17 campaign, his last in Beantown.

Since then, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving deal and has also suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans. He was also traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020, but was immediately waved. The injury to his right hip has been an ongoing issue and surgical intervention in 2018 did not fully correct the multiple conditions that Thomas had been dealing with for a number of years, such as arthritis and cartilage loss.

His days of starting and scoring over 20 points a game may be behind him, but Thomas can certainly help a team as a back-up guard and bring some veteran wisdom to the locker room. He is a fan favorite for his warrior mentality and toughness as giant slayer being only 5’9″ in a league of giants.


The diminutive ‘one’ should certainly get a long hard look by his old team in Boston, as they have parted ways with Kemba Walker and are slotted to start Marcus Smart at point guard with second-year player Payton Pritchard getting some reps there, as well. But Smart can play both point and shooting guard and is a great defender who has also worked well with Thomas in the past.

It would be a great way to end a very successful career for Thomas, one that includes some magical moments in green and white.

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