After the 2016-2017 NBA season, it looked like then-Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was going to be one of the biggest free agents in the 2018 class. Thomas had just come off an MVP-caliber season, leading Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals. A year later, he’s in a much different situation.
Thomas, after a hip injury, was traded to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. After a brief stint with LeBron & Co., Thomas was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now, he’s a free agent, and none of those three teams seem to be interested in his services.
However, there is at least one team interested in bringing on the talented guard – the Orlando Magic. It’s starting to look like he could be heading to Orlando very soon.
Monday, Thomas followed the Magic on Twitter – making it pretty clear that he was at the very minimum interested in playing for the franchise. Now, we’ve got a report from Alex Kennedy that the two sides are talking about a “potential” deal.
Isaiah Thomas and the Orlando Magic are negotiating a possible deal, according to league sources. Nothing has been agreed to yet, but it seems both sides want to get this done.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2018
In all likelihood, the deal with be for one or two years – and it won’t cost the team a ton of money. Thomas is in a situation where he’s going to need to prove himself again before a franchise spends a good chunk of change on him long-term.
We’ll keep you updated here – but this makes almost too much sense for it not to happen.