Despite his best efforts, Isaiah Thomas did not make the return to stardom he was hoping for after joining the Wizards last summer on a one-year contract.
The two-time All-Star averaged 12.2 points per game, shot just over 40% from the floor and 41% from three over 40 games before he was traded to the Clippers at the trade deadline and subsequentially waived.
Still, Thomas is confident he can catch on with another team soon and that he'll play until he's 40 years old.
"I have a lot left in the tank and my goal has always been to play until 40 [years old], and I'm going to try everything I can to reach that," he said.
Thomas made two All-Star games and averaged nearly 30 points per game with the Celtics because of his finishing in the paint and his ability to explode through just about every defense you could think of. Not to mention he played the game with a different level of fire and grit you only see in the greats.
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Coming off hip surgery, the fire was still there, but Thomas' body didn't appear to let him do the same things he did in Boston. He couldn't score inside as efficiently, so he was forced into becoming primarily a jump shooter. If his shot wasn't on, it was going to be a rough game.
As difficult as the season was from a production standpoint, Thomas views it as a positive.
"I didn't take any days off and that was a positive from where I was coming from," Thomas told Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk Podcast. "It had been two years since I could get better each and every day and not take any days off, and that big for me.
Right now, I mean physically, I'm great," he said. "I'm just trying to stay physically sharp as best as I can throughout this situation and what's next for me is waiting for the next opportunity in the NBA."
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