Isaiah Thomas is going to have to wait at least one more year for that Brinks truck. After 15 games with Cleveland, he was traded to the Lakers at the deadline and played in 17 games. The Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals that year but a hip injury kept Thomas sidelined as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals.
The limited market for Thomas came as a result of a forgettable 32-game 2017-18 season split between the Cavaliers and Lakers, and with Thomas' hip not looking like it was fully healed all the while.
Hip injuries are tricky, so it's going to be fascinating to see if the surgery Thomas received will completely fix the issues that have hobbled him for the past year.
Clearly frustrated by the lack of offers, he took to Instagram on Thursday to post a reminder about his accomplishments with the Celtics. He led the National Basketball Association in fourth quarter points, finished 5th in MVP voting, and was the face of a scrappy Celtics team that even took a game from the Cavs in the conference finals.
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According to ESPN, Thomas will have a key role as an off-the-bench scorer.
But if Thomas shoots sub-40% from the field again and struggles to stay healthy, it may put his future up in the air.
Just 12 months ago, Isaiah Thomas was on a high after coming off his best season in the National Basketball Association with the Boston Celtics where he was an MVP candidate.