Isaiah Thomas Says He’s Talked To “Several” Teams

The three-team trade that sent Marcus Morris from the Knicks to the Clippers two weeks ago also landed Isaiah Thomas in Los Angeles by way of Washington. However, Thomas’ stint with the Clips was short-lived, as the team waived him just two days later.

Speaking to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Thomas admits he was “surprised” the Clippers released him, especially considering the team seemed to be in the market for a point guard.

L.A. will reportedly sign Reggie Jackson after he clears waivers later today, so perhaps the club already knew of Jackson’s interest through back-channels. Thomas, who isn’t a particularly strong defender, may also just not have fit the profile of what the Clippers were looking for.

In any case, Thomas told Kennedy that he understands the Clippers just viewed him as a “throw-in” in the deal, and isn’t bothered by it.

“It’s not like they were really trading for me; they were trading for Marcus Morris, which I understand,” Thomas said. “In my nine years in the NBA, I’ve learned that anything can happen. I thought it could work and I thought it was a good fit for me, but they thought otherwise. That’s okay. Now, I’m just trying to figure out the best situation moving forward.”

In his conversation with Kennedy, Thomas addressed several other topics, including his health, his possible next destination, his favorite Kobe Bryant stories, and much more. The Q&A is worth checking out in full, but here are some highlights from IT as he navigates free agency:

On his health:

“My health is good. As everybody has seen this season, I’ve been able to play every game and I’ve been able to practice every day. I wasn’t having to take days off; I was able to just focus on working and getting better. With my health, there are no questions. Now, I’m staying in shape and staying ready for the next opportunity.”

On whether he has been in touch with NBA teams since his release:

“Yeah, I won’t say specific teams, but we’ve had talks with several teams. Teams are interested, but we’re just trying to figure out what’s the best situation for me. Also, we know that other things may open up very soon.

“I’m just trying to stay as patient as possible when it comes to this while knowing that I’m ready for any opportunity that I’m given. Whether it’s a playoff team where I’ll be whichever piece they need to complete their puzzle or an up-and-coming team where I’m helping the young players and being a good veteran, I’m going to take advantage of whatever opportunity I’m given.”

On whether he’d want to play in Boston again after being unceremoniously traded by the team in 2017:
(Note: the Celtics reportedly don’t have interest in Thomas at the moment)

“For sure, if the opportunity presented itself. I hold no grudges, and they know that. I have genuine love for the city of Boston. If that were to happen, I’d love to be part of what they have going on. You never know. I’m always open for any opportunity to be in the NBA and play the game that I love at the highest level. If that opportunity presents itself, for sure. Time has passed.”

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17 thoughts on “Isaiah Thomas Says He’s Talked To “Several” Teams

  1. ball_lover002

    Ngl low key I think the Raptors could snag him if they are the only “contending” team that want to sign him… share your idea not afraid of criticism

  2. Otogar

    Sixers would make sense to me. They don’t have any quality backup PG and their defense is good enough to compensate for IT’s weakness on that end. He also wouldn’t have to play a lot with Simmons taking most of the load and his familiarity with Horford might be a plus.

  3. justinkm19

    Mavs. Great scorer to the leagues #1 offense where he can thrive in pick n roll. Plus allows them to lighten the load on Luka.

  4. Averagebro

    IT was really really really bad for the Wizards on both ends. Don’t let his numbers fool you. Besides pull up 3’s and inefficient midrange shots he offers nothing on offense. On defense… well let’s just say the Wizards are 30th overall in defense but have played at a Top 10 level since he was traded.

    Unless he’s willing to come off the bench (he wasn’t in DC) as a spark plug and unless you have multiple other players who can hide him on defense he’s just not an NBA player anymore. I could see him having a 2nd act in China tho.

  5. phenomenalajs

    How ironic would it be if the Nets sign him now that Kyrie is going under the knife? I suppose Pinson could be cut to make room.

  6. x%sure

    IT does not want to be a bench spark and doesn’t belong on a good team.
    Should be popular in China.

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