The Dallas Mavericks continue to deal with COVID issues. Josh Green and Reggie Bullock have entered and exited the health and safety protocols over the last ten days, but the team still had five players in on Wednesday morning. They added two more in the afternoon when Boban Marjanovic and Brandon Knight went in. It was an especially tough blow for Knight as he was signed as a replacement player and performing well.
The new absences opened the door for Dallas to sign Isaiah Thomas. The two-time All-Star was coming off a ten-day deal with the Lakers where he averaged 9.3 points in 25.2 minutes per game.
Thomas has dealt with hip injuries in recent years but can still get a bucket. Here is a closer look at what he brings to the Mavericks.
Dallas Mavericks sign Isiah Thomas: What does he add to the team?
Thomas played one G League game this season where he dropped 42 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals. The ten-year NBA veteran averaged over 20 points per game in three seasons, and he can get a bucket with the best of them.
The Mavs need a point guard with Luka Doncic, Trey Burke, and Brandon Knight in the health and safety protocols. Knight was the backup at the one and averaging 18.0 minutes per over the last three games. There will be a role for IT until Doncic or Burke returns.
The 32-year-old struggled with his efficiency and dished out just 1.5 assists per game during his four-game stint with the Lakers. Dallas is hoping to get a bit more from the veteran guard. He will be called on to run the second unit and keep the offense rolling.
Isaiah Thomas can score, and he heats up quickly. Expect him to have a place in the rotation until Luka Doncic comes back, and fans should be excited to see what he can do.