A source told ESPN on Friday that the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to sign a 10-day contract with point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Since February 3, 2020, Thomas has never played in an NBA game with the Washington Wizards. In February of this year, he did play two games with Team USA, leading the team to score goals in the Bahamas and Mexico (FIBA) qualifying victories, while shooting up to 50% from the field (6 of 1
In the 2019-20 season, Thomas averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 40 games for the Wizards.
The 32-year-old Thomas is a two-time All-Star. He was selected to the NBA Second Team in 2017. Prior to this, he averaged 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics and helped them become the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.
But since then, Thomas suffered a hip injury that season that slowed him down.
The source said that Thomas has been tested for COVID-19 in New Orleans, which will allow him to join the team immediately. The deal is expected to be completed on Saturday, paving the way for Thomas to join the Pelicans before Sunday’s game in Houston.
The Pelicans need to sign a player before Saturday to reach the NBA’s 14-man roster. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the Pelicans are $346,000 lower than the luxury tax, so a 10-day contract will be better for the team in the short term.
New Orleans is plagued by injuries, and there will be no four players in Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Zion Williamson (right thumb sprain) and Brandon Ingram (first MTP-big toe joint-right foot inflammation) will miss the second consecutive game; Lonzo Ball (right hip flexor strain) Will miss the sixth consecutive game; Josh Hart also sprained his thumb against the Orlando Magic on Thursday.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst contributed to this report.