Of the 2,361 accounts that Isaiah Thomas follows on Twitter, there is only one NBA team that he hasn’t already played for and still follows: the Orlando Magic.
It is believed that Thomas, a free agent point guard, just followed the Magic, a team in need of a point guard, as recently as Monday.
And since we live in an era where the first evidence of free agency movement can be who an athlete follows, a photo they have liked, or a subtweet they have sent out, Thomas may have just publicly expressed his interest in the Orlando Magic.
Isaiah Thomas followed the Orlando Magic on Twitter today. It seems Thomas wants to go somewhere he can play a lot, so Orlando makes a lot of sense. He'd get a lot of touches and the only other point guard on the roster is DJ Augustin. (h/t @DavidBaumannORL) pic.twitter.com/8woksGgAee— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2018
(Side note: a quick scroll through Thomas’ followers shows that he also follows many NBA players, including Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross)
It’s unlikely that a rebuilding and financially-limited team like the Magic that is looking to develop its young players would offer Thomas the multi-year deal he is likely hoping for. If Thomas, who is coming off hip surgery, is looking for an opportunity to showcase himself and is willing to sign a one-year deal (perhaps with an option on the second year) in order to re-enter free agency in the summer of 2019 when more teams have cap room, it makes sense.
Orlando, with one point guard currently on the roster and a lack of shooters, offers Thomas an opportunity for plenty of minutes and plenty of shots. In return, Thomas gives the Magic an explosive scorer, playmaker and something of a marketable name.
The 29-year old Thomas averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists while shooting just over 37 percent from the floor. Those numbers, during an injury-riddles season in which he was traded from the Cavs to the Lakers, are a far cry from the averages he put up during his All-Star seasons in 2016, when he averaged 22.2 points, and 2017, when he averaged 28.9 points.
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