Isaiah Thomas, considered an MVP candidate just two seasons ago, is still a free agent. Earlier this week, there were signs that Thomas could be headed to Orlando (including him following the Magic on Twitter) but at this point, it no longer looks likely.
Thomas, according to Keith Smith of RealGM, says the “buzz” around Las Vegas is that Thomas met with the Magic but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
Another report, however, suggests that the Magic never really negotiated with Thomas. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel says that after the Magic traded for Jerian Grant on Saturday night, Thomas no longer makes sense.
Assuming he’s right, Thomas still doesn’t have a team for the 2018-2019 season.
Latest buzz here in Las Vegas is that Isaiah Thomas and the Orlando Magic have met, but couldn't come to agreement on a deal. Both sides left it open to talk again later, as free agency develops for both the Magic and Thomas.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 7, 2018
The Orlando Magic and Isaiah Thomas never were negotiating a possible contract. Is it correct to say the Magic explored the possibility of signing Thomas? Yes. But there were no negotiations. The addition of Jerian Grant indicates Orlando had decided not to ultimately pursue IT.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) July 8, 2018
Thomas, after a stellar 2016-2017 season with the Celtics, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. After recovering from a hip injury, Thomas lasted just 15 games in Cleveland before he was dealt to the Lakers.
Now, with LeBron James in Los Angeles, it doesn’t make any sense for the team to keep Thomas around.
It’ll be interesting to see where Thomas lands. He was once thought to be one of the biggest free agents of this year’s class – now he’s just trying to find a team.