KEY POINTS

  • Isaiah Thomas tries his luck with the Dallas Mavericks for the coming NBA season
  • Thomas has had an impressive workout with the Mavericks
  • Lance Stephenson and Monta Ellis also practiced with the Mavs

Three NBA veterans reportedly got to work out with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, September 2.

Of the trio, it appears ex-Celtic guard Isaiah Thomas has left a good impression.

Thomas, along with Lance Stephenson and Monta Ellis is hoping to make an NBA comeback with the Mavs.

It would also be an opportunity for any of them to play alongside superstar Luka Doncic.

But in a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Thomas appeared to be in great shape. Nothing is official yet, but this could be the opportunity that the 5-foot-9 guard has been waiting for.

The 32-year-old has struggled to recall the old form that endeared him to Boston Celtics fans. He has played for five different teams since then, but has hardly gotten the chance to show the same level of play.

In the three seasons, he was with the Celtics, the All-Star guard played a total of 179 games averaging 24.7 points, 6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 32.2 minutes of action.

Compare to his stints with other NBA teams, it was the best performance for the diminutive guard in the league.

A hip injury snuffed all that when he was still with the Celtics. He has been trying, but Thomas has hardly gotten much luck.

In a previous report, Thomas came close to reuniting with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

But all that blew up in smoke when the Lakers signed another former Celtic player in Rajon Rondo.

Thomas gained attention with a couple of high-scoring performances at some Pro-Am games. One of them was dropping 81 points aside from looking sleek in the eyes of onlookers.

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Washington Wizards Photo: Getty Images | Patrick McDermott

It caught the attention of James, and such sparked a potential reunion in Hollywood. Thomas got to work out with the Lakers alongside Mike James and Darren Collison.

All those efforts went for naught when Rondo re-signed after agreeing to a buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Thomas could provide the Mavericks with veteran leadership and energy off the bench. But most of all, he could help guide Doncic by teaching him a thing or two about basketball smarts this 2021-22 NBA season.