Former two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas hasn’t given up on his NBA dreams just yet, but this might be one of his last legitimate chances. Fresh off a successful run with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament, the 32-year-old has signed a deal in the NBA G League and will participate in the “G League Showcase” in Las Vegas, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Saturday.
Two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas has signed in the NBA G League and will play in the G League Showcase (Dec. 19-22) in Las Vegas, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Thomas is on the NBA comeback trail.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 11, 2021
While Thomas played for Team USA, he wanted to show that he could still play in the League via NBA.com.
“My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA as soon as possible,” Thomas, 32, told The Associated Press. “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.”
LET IT FLY, ISAIAH!!— SLAM (@SLAMonline) November 29, 2021
IT with the clutch shot during the @FIBAWC qualifiers. (via @USABasketball) pic.twitter.com/zsjsI6ooAI
The G League Showcase invites eight teams to play in a single-elimination tournament. The NBA usually sends scouts and executives to evaluate the players. Several players have used the tournament to get back in the NBA, which Isaiah hopes will happen to him.
The past four seasons have been tough for Isaiah Thomas since his Boston Celtics tenure that nabbed him two All-Star appearances. Since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, he has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, and New Orleans Pelicans. He had two workouts with the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors this past offseason with no luck.