Isaiah Thomas' career in Washington came to an end Thursday at the NBA Trade Deadline.

In a three-team deal with the Clippers and Knicks, the Wizards sent Isaiah Thomas to LA in exchange for shooting guard Jerome Robinson. The Clippers also received Marcus Morris in the trade, while New York got Maurice Harkless and a number of future draft assets in the deal. 

Thomas only played 40 games with the Wizards this season, averaging 12.2 points and 3.7 assists on 40.8% shooting from the floor and 41.3% from three. 

The Clippers reportedly aren't expected to keep Thomas on their roster, meaning Thomas will be on the lookout for his next NBA home. As good as he's been throughout his career, the two-time All-Star has worn a lot of jerseys. 

Sacramento Kings: 2011-14

The Kings drafted Thomas with the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which was the same night they picked Jimmer Fredette 10th overall. Thomas was immediately the more productive player, averaging 11.5 points as a rookie, 13.9 in his second year and 20.3 by the end of his third. 

Sacramento was better with Thomas on the floor, their superstar center at the time, DeMarcus Cousins, liked playing with him. But once Thomas hit free agency in 2014, the Kings let him walk to Phoenix. 

Phoenix Suns: 2014-15

Thomas was sent to the Suns in a sign and trade during the summer of 2014 and spent just 46 games in Phoenix.

The Suns thought it was a good idea to play four point guards in their rotation, so when it unsurprisingly blew up in their face, they were forced into a firesale. 


For Thomas, who was averaging 15.2 points on career-low shooting at the time, this was the best thing to happen to him. 

Boston Celtics: 2015-17

Boston traded a late first-round pick and Marcus Thornton for Thomas at the 2015 trade deadline. The Celtics were a young team in need of a scorer, and Thomas was a scorer in need of a team that believed in him. It was a perfect match. 

Thomas led the Celtics to a surprise playoff appearance in his first season, made his first All-Star game in Year 2 and came in fifth in MVP voting in his final year with the team. He averaged 29.8 points in 2016-17, helping the Celtics make their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2010. 

As great as he was in Boston, Thomas was traded for Kyrie Irving months after the best season of his career. To make things worse, a hip injury he sustained in the middle of the year would hamper him for the foreseeable future. 

Cleveland Cavaliers: 2017-18

Thomas opted against having hip surgery before his first year in Cleveland and it caused him to miss most of the first half of the season.

By the time he returned to the floor, the Cavs were a mess, LeBron James was pouting about his supporting cast and Thomas was the scapegoat despite appearing in just 15 games. 

The Cavs traded him to the Lakers at the trade deadline as part of a complete roster overhaul. 

Los Angeles Lakers: 2018

The Lakers were still rebuilding when they acquired Thomas midway through the 2017-18 season, so Thomas got a chance to showcase his skills ahead of free agency. 

Unfortunately, the hip injury reared its ugly head again and limited Thomas to just 17 games with LA. He would go on to have surgery in the summer of 2018. 

Denver Nuggets: 2018-19

Free agency didn't treat Thomas well in 2018. He didn't receive the lucrative contract offers he was hoping for, so he took a one-year offer from the Nuggets to reset his value for the summer of 2019. 

The only problem was his recovery from hip surgery kept him out most of the year. When he returned, the Nuggets were in the middle of a race toward the top seed in the Western Conference and Monte Morris had come into his own as the backup point guard behind Jamal Murray. 

Thomas fell out of the rotation but handled it well. Nuggets coach Mike Malone praised Thomas' veteran leadership in Denver and added that the current iteration of the team could use a bit of that. 

Washington Wizards: 2019-20

Finally healthy and given an opportunity to play consistent minutes, if Thomas was going to reclaim his status as one of the best scorers in the NBA, it was going to happen in Washington. 

Scott Brooks started him in all but three games this season and Thomas had a perfect backcourt mate in Bradley Beal to attract most of the defense's attention. It just didn't work out. 


Thomas didn't look the same athletically, he struggled to get to the rim and finish among the trees with the same effectiveness he did in his prime. He relied on his jump shot to score, and when it wasn't falling he wasn't that effective. 

The defense was a problem like it has everywhere he's been. This time, his offense finally wasn't enough to offset the defensive shortcomings. 

It's hard to tell if this is the end for Thomas. He surely believes he can still contribute at this level, and you can count me in as someone who agrees. Whether a team will want to give him the minutes and shots he needs is another question. 

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