Thomas had been lingering on the free agent market with few known suitors since his contract expired with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Entering his eighth National Basketball Association season, Isaiah Thomas apparently will be joining a sixth team. The year before, Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game on 46% shooting, 37% from three. The last man picked in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft played for Malone in Sacramento during the 2013-14 season and averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists as the Kings went 28-54.
That playoff run ended, however, with a hip injury that lingered well past Boston dealing him to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving. He averaged 15 points per game in his 32 contests, far from the 29 points per game he averaged in the 2016-17 season as a member of the Celtics.
Maybe these posts had an effect as it was reported soon after that he had signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. There, he started just one game, coming off the bench in his other 16 appearances. After recovering from offseason hip surgery, Thomas played in just 15 games with the Cavs before they traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline.
Malone had been Thomas' coach during the 2013-14 season in Sacramento, two teams removed from the guard's arrival in Boston.