The Warriors’ search for a backup playmaker has reportedly turned to a fan favorite and former NBA All-Star.
Isaiah Thomas will train for the Warriors next week, sources told HoopsHype’s Jorge Sierra and Michael Scotto.
Thomas, 32, played just three NBA games last season. He averaged 7.7 points while averaging 16 minutes on the bench for the New Orleans Pelicans.
However, he played this offseason in his hometown of Seattle, dropping 81 points in a single game during Jamal Crawford’s TheCrawsOver Pro-Am League last month.
The 5-foot-9 point guard was the final pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but has proven to be worth more than that as a top scorer for several teams. Thomas peaked in his career from 2015 to 2017, when he was a two-time All-Star for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 22.2 points in 2015-15, then 28.9 for Boston in 2016-17.
But he suffered a hip injury with the Celtics in March 2017 that derailed his career. A long list of injuries has seen him play for five teams in the past four seasons.
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If Thomas is indeed healthy, he could be the offensive spark the Warriors are looking for on the bench. They also reportedly looked at free agent point guard Ryan Arcidiacono and worked on retired point guard Darren Collison. Gary Payton II, a defensive stalwart, could also be an option.
None provide the kind of scoring that Thomas does. That is, if he is healthy.
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