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Isaiah Thomas Honors Kobe Bryant, Chooses No. 24 Jersey with Pelicans

Blake SchusterContributor IApril 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards looks on against the Golden State Warriors in the first half at Capital One Arena on February 03, 2020 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Isaiah Thomas is getting another chance at playing in the NBA and will honor Kobe Bryant in the process.

After the guard signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, the team announced he'll wear No. 24 Saturday. Thomas retweeted the announcement and shouted out Bryant:

Isaiah Thomas @isaiahthomas

Kobe!!!! πŸ™πŸΎπŸ https://t.co/EvleQqOZdU

Thomas has been out of the league since February 2020 but did appear on Team USA during FIBA qualifying victories over the Bahamas and Mexico a few weeks ago. The 32-year-old showed he was healthy and still able to make plays at a high level. He just needs to prove it in the NBA. 

A Pelicans team weathering a few injuries gave him that opportunity. 

Thomas averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds over 40 games with the Wizards in 2019-20. If he gets anywhere near those marks with New Orleans, he can expect to stick around longer than 10 days. 

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