Isaiah Thomas Says Returning to NBA 'Is the Only Goal' Amid Lakers Rumors

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 18, 2021

Brooklyn Nets' Chris Chiozza (4) defends New Orleans Pelicans' Isaiah Thomas (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

NBA free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with ESPN's Malika Andrews and said that his "only goal" right now is to make an NBA roster.

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews

β€œThat’s the only goal...is to be in the NBA, to be on a roster. I know I got the talent to do it.”<br><br>Point guard Isaiah Thomas on his summer workouts with NBA teams, his health and more: <a href="https://t.co/ykHN28xSWs">pic.twitter.com/ykHN28xSWs</a>

Thomas' remarks came one day after a report from Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, who wrote that the Los Angeles Lakers worked out Thomas as well as fellow free-agent guards Mike James and Darren Collison.

A signing is not happening soon, per Haynes, although adding another point guard appears to be a priority for L.A. Haynes had more:

"The Lakers, who have 12 players under guaranteed contracts, will go into the 2021-22 season carrying 14 players in order to maintain flexibility, sources said. Each team can carry a maximum of 15 players and two two-way players.
"A third point guard is a priority, sources said, along with potentially adding another wing."

Thomas is a two-time All-Star who made the All-NBA second team when he averaged 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17. 

Injuries have curtailed his career in recent years, namely a right hip ailment (specifically a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear) suffered near the end of the 2016-17 season, which Thomas played through.

His only NBA action last year occurred in three games with the New Orleans Pelicans. He averaged 7.7 points in 16.0 minutes per game.

The 32-year-old has been tearing up the pro-am circuit of late, notably dropping 81 points in a game.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

ISAIAH THOMAS DROPPED 81 POINTS IN A PRO-AM GAME 😱<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/Ballislife?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ballislife</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/thecrawsover?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thecrawsover</a>)<a href="https://t.co/nrDqgeJIEU">pic.twitter.com/nrDqgeJIEU</a>

Thomas has played in the NBA for 10 years, averaging 18.1 points for his career.



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