And-Ones: I. Thomas, Trades, Lin, Cunningham

While Isaiah Thomas is excited and honored to represent Team USA at the AmeriCup qualifiers in Puerto Rico this weekend, he admitted in a conversation with Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press that he’s also viewing the event as an opportunity to showcase himself for NBA teams.

“My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA as soon as possible,” Thomas said. “This allows me to compete against other professionals, represent my country at the same time — which is an honor and a privilege — and ultimately show NBA teams that I’m back to myself and I’m 100% healthy. That’s why I chose to come here. When Team USA brought it to me, it was a no-brainer.”

As Reynolds notes, the games themselves won’t mean much for Team USA, which has already qualified for the 2022 AmeriCup tournament by going undefeated in earlier qualifying games. But they’ll be significant for Thomas, who hasn’t played in an NBA game since being released by the Clippers last February. Veteran teammate Joe Johnson said Thomas has looked “great” in practices.

“One thing I’ll say: In pick and rolls, I think he’s probably going to be unstoppable,” Johnson said of Thomas. “Bigs, I don’t know what they’ll do. Do you get out and hedge? He’ll go around you and split you. Do you try to catch him? He’ll pull up for the jumper. He has a great arsenal. It’s been fun to watch him play, man. I will tell you that.”

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14 thoughts on “And-Ones: I. Thomas, Trades, Lin, Cunningham

  1. Sillivan

    I review top 40 players salary this season
    Completely based on productivity
    22 players are more overpaid than Wiggins

    Otto Porter

    22 players who makes over 27.5 million this season are more overpaid than Wiggins

    • x%sure

      Nobody said Wiggins could not pile up stats. I would be interested to know how Sulli so completely measured productivity using basic stats, but nevermind. Best to move along.

  2. Chief Two Hands

    Oh, so Thomas “admitted” it! Just one question…was he under duress? If so, it may not hold up in court.

  3. IAmAFan

    Jeremy Lin I feel like doesn’t get enough respect, same with D Rose, they both are still amazing B-Ball players.

  4. Curtisrowe

    This is approximately the 90th article I have read over the past few years about how healthy and ready to go Thomas is.

    We get it dude. You are so ready.

    • Chief Two Hands

      That is a lot of articles which mention Thomas. You should try reading about some other stuff. I hear that Harry Potter fella is quite a popular character…

      • Curtisrowe

        I live near Boston. I would say I was being conservative when I said 9o. But yes, I will try “reading about Harry Potter”. Oh what a zinger that was.

    • x%sure

      The trading score might be Utah 2, CLE 0. But there’s some second rounders coming!

      • Sensitive Fanboy

        That would be a parochial way of tallying that score! Leaving out salary cap (not paying Clarkson) & available minutes for Sexton, Garland, Porter last season & the Drummond trade etc, and like you say those 2nd rounders.

        I think too many believe a fair deal is when their home team skins another alive in a deal, rather than if the move helped both sides accomplish the long & short term goals of the franchise.

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