Isaiah Thomas (basketball)
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This article is about the active basketball player. For the retired Hall of Fame player, see Isiah Thomas.
Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point guard played three years of college basketball for the Washington Huskies and was a three-time all-conference selection in the Pac-10. After electing to forgo his senior year in college, Thomas was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the final pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He spent three seasons with the Kings before joining the Phoenix Suns in 2014. Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics in February 2015 and went on to earn NBA All-Star nods in 2016 and 2017, as well as All-NBA Team honors in 2017 after leading the Celtics to the first seed in the Eastern Conference. In August 2017, he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who traded him midseason to the Lakers.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2017–2018)
On August 22, 2017, Thomas was traded, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving.
However, during the post-trade physical examination by Cleveland staff, concerns were raised about the health of Thomas' previously injured hip.
As a result, eight days after the deal was announced, the Celtics agreed to send the Cavaliers a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat to complete the trade. It was later reported that Thomas had been playing with a number of secondary issues in his hip, such as a loss of cartilage and some arthritis, for a number of seasons.
On September 25, 2017, the Cavaliers deemed him a possibility of playing by the end of the year.
On December 21, 2017, Thomas scrimmaged with the Canton Charge of the NBA G League and dressed for the first time since joining the Cavaliers, suiting up but not playing against the Chicago Bulls.
On January 2, 2018, Thomas made his long-awaited debut for the Cavaliers, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a 127–110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. A day later, Thomas returned to TD Garden.
Although he did not play in the Cavaliers' 102–88 loss to the Celtics, Thomas received a standing ovation from the Celtics' fans.
On January 6, he had 19 points and four assists in his second appearance and first start of the season in a 131–127 win over the Orlando Magic.
On January 20, he scored a season-high 24 points in a 148–124 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Los Angeles Lakers (2018)
On February 8, 2018, the Cavaliers traded Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. In his debut for the Lakers two days later, Thomas scored 22 points off the bench in a 130–123 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
On March 1, 2018, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 131–113 win over the Miami Heat.
On March 29, 2018, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his right hip.
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