In search for more depth at the point guard position, the Wizards have reportedly reached a one-year deal with guard Isaiah Thomas, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The deal is worth the veteran's minimum, according to The Washington Post's Candace Buckner.
Isaiah Thomas comes to Washington on the veteran’s minimum, per source.#Wizards now have two very capable point guards in rotation. Good turnaround from losing Satoransky earlier today— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) July 2, 2019
The signing was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Mutual interest between the two sides first gained some steam early Monday morning when reports surfaced that Washington had some interest in adding Thomas.
Thomas first entered the league with the Sacramento Kings after being selected as the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. After being traded from Phoenix to Boston midway through the 2014-15 NBA season, the 5-foot-9 guard began to take the league by storm.
During his two full seasons as a member of the Celtics, Thomas made the All-Star Game both times. He averaged over 28 points per game during the 2016-17 season, which earned him All-NBA honors.
That season also saw Thomas put together a few memorable moments against the Washington Wizards. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Thomas played an instrumental role in helping Boston edge out Washington in seven games. He scored 53 points in a Game 2 victory and added another 29 points in Game 7.
Following his success there, a nagging hip injury hindered Thomas' ability to continue his strong play. Part of the deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston, Thomas has since bounced around from Cleveland to Los Angeles to Denver. In 2018, he only appeared in 12 games for the Nuggets.
However, if Thomas can get back to full health, he'll be a valuable addition to a Wizards roster that needs depth at guard as John Wall continues to rehab.
It looks like his new teammate Bradley Beal is already happy about the deal, as he took to Twitter shortly after the signing was announced.
Uh oh 🥶— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) July 2, 2019
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