Veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas‘ 10-day contract with the Hornets is now official, with the team making the announcement in a press release.
Thomas, 33, is 5-foot-9 and has bounced around the league a lot since leading the Eastern Conference in scoring in 2018 with the Celtics. He has since spent time with the Cavaliers, Lakers (twice), Nuggets, Pelicans and Wizards.
He also signed a 10-day deal with the Mavericks earlier this season, but immediately entered health and safety protocols and appeared in just one game.
Along with all that, Thomas has stood out in the G League this year, averaging a sizzling 41 points in three games with the Grand Rapids Gold.
His last productive NBA season came in 2019-20, when he averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 40 games with Washington.
The Hornets are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and Thomas will get every opportunity to help fill in behind starters LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier.
Here is the official release from the Hornets:
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thomas signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks earlier this season, appearing in five games and averaging 8.6 points and 2.0 assists in 22.9 minutes per game in his 11th season in the NBA. He also appeared in four games for the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League, accruing averages of 41.8 points and 6.5 assists per contest. Thomas scored 46 points at Greensboro on Feb. 26, the most points in a game in the G League at that time, as well as 45 points against the Windy City Bulls on Feb. 23.
A two-time All-Star in 2016 and 2017, Thomas holds career averages of 18.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 28.8 minutes per game over 533 career games, including 362 starts. He was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 60th pick out of Washington in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played for Sacramento (2011-14), Phoenix (2014-15), Boston (2014-17), Cleveland (2017-18), the Los Angeles Lakers (2017-18, 2021-22), Denver (2018-19), Washington (2019-20), New Orleans (2020-21) and Dallas (2021-22).
Thomas has competed in 25 career postseasons games, including 21 starts, averaging 22.6 points and 6.3 assists in 34.4 minutes per game for the Celtics during his three seasons in Boston. He scored 53 points vs. Washington on May 2 during the 2017 playoffs, which is the sixth-highest single-game postseason scoring output in the NBA over the last 25 seasons.
After signing Thomas, the Hornets roster now stands at 17 players.
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