Isaiah Thomas on Free Agency: 'All You Need Is One Team to Love You'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2018

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas isn't sweating his impending free agency. 

Speaking to reporters prior to Thursday night's 131-113 win over the Miami Heat, Thomas sounded confident he'll land on his feet and showcase the voluminous scoring stylings that made him one of the league's most feared off-the-dribble threats with the Boston Celtics

"All you need is one team to love you," the floor general said, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk"It's like the draft all over again. You just need one team. So that is all I am doing and working toward. Until then, I am focused on doing whatever I can to make this the best team possible.

"My resume speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can't do nothing but control what I can control, and that is taking advantage of any opportunity that I am given and playing my heart out. But come July, I've got to weigh my options to do what is best for myself and my family."

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Above all else, free agency will offer Thomas a chance to handpick his new team following a rocky 2017-18 campaign that's seen him suit up for the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers after missing the first 36 games because of a hip injury. 

But because of that turbulent stretch, a lucrative, long-term payday may not be in his future.

"It is, 'What have you done for me lately?'" Thomas said. "That is the league that we are in, and I understand that. But if I am given the same opportunity that I was given in Boston, I would do the same thing, and that is just what it is."

On top of his injury history and defensive struggles—the Lakers have allowed 113.5 points per 100 possessions with Thomas on the floor, per NBA.com—it's not supposed to be a big summer of spending across the Association. 

According to Spotrac, only seven teams are projected to have more than $20 million in free cash flow once various cap holds are renounced. 

On the bright side, Thomas looked sharp Thursday night when he dropped a season-high 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-11 from three. 

He'll try to build on that performance Saturday when the Lakers travel to AT&T Center for a meeting with the San Antonio Spurs

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