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

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 19, 2021

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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.

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“That’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.

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



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