Although it may sound utopian, Isaiah Thomas it could land in Europe this season. The 32-year-old guard is without a team after making several attempts to return to a high level, with private workouts for the Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers. For this reason, he has begun to receive offers from the other side of the pond.
And there is already a name on the table, taken by journalist George Kogalidis and published by ‘OverFM’. Specifically, he has confirmed that the US base would be in advanced talks for his transfer to CSKA Moscow. Thomas, an unrestricted free agent, could soon sign for the Russian club, according to the Greek journalist’s sources.
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Without a doubt, it would be an incorporation that would change the sign of the Euroleague; competition that will start on September 30. The first match of this edition, precisely, will be played by CSKA itself against Olimpia Milano, in what will be the reissue of the fight for third place that the Italian team took in the last ‘Final Four’, played in Cologne .
An incorporation that would revolutionize a market that has seen how few chips have been moved by the peculiarity of the opening of the market NBA which traditionally opened in July. On this occasion, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the free agent market began operating on August 2.
His time in the NBA
Isaiah Thomas, trained in the University of Washington and last draft pick 2011, began his career in the Kings and has gone through various teams such as Suns, the Cavaliers, the Lakers or, more recently, the Pelicans. His brightest stage, in which he reached the All-Star level, was with the Celtics, including heroics in the 2017 Playoffs.
In that summer it was traded in the Kyrie Irving deal and his life was not the same due to a dragging hip injury, of which he had to operate twice and that limited him for more than two years. Despite assuring that it is recovered, franchises such as Nuggets or the Wizards They have not given continuity either and he has run out of a team to play for in the NBA, so you have considered diversifying your options.
His MVP level is quite far away, exhibited in Massachusetts, where He was an All-Star twice in a row. His last destination was the aforementioned New Orleans Pelicans through a temporary agreement where he enjoyed three official games. And it is that, despite their continuous efforts to regain a place in the leagueThomas has played for five different franchises since shining in Boston during the 2016-17 season.
Maybe CSKA should take the example of the case ‘Lamar Odom’, the star signing of the Baskonia -at that time Laboral Kutxa- in 2014, which spent 21 days without pain or glory in the city of Vitoria. Although, unlike Isaiah, good old Odom had been carrying a much more serious background, such as the fact of being arrested, in the summer of 2013, for driving under the influence of drugs.