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Suns’ Kevin Durant: Isaiah Thomas ‘Has Impressed Basketball Gamers Across the World’

Adam Wells March 21, 2024 Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images After Isaiah Thomas played his first NBA game in two years on Wednesday night for the Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant had nothing but praise for his new teammate. Speaking to reporters following the Suns’ 115-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Durant said Thomas’ story and

Suns’ Kevin Durant: Isaiah Thomas ‘Has Impressed Basketball Gamers Across the World’

Adam WellsMarch 21, 2024

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 20:  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Phoenix Suns smiles during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 20, 2024 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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After Isaiah Thomas performed his first NBA recreation in two years on Wednesday night time for the Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant had nothing however reward for his new teammate.

Chatting with reporters following the Suns’ 115-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Durant stated Thomas’ story and profession has “impressed basketball gamers all over the world.”

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet

“The story that he has, his profession that he is been via has impressed basketball gamers all over the world.”

Kevin Durant stated he is recognized Isaiah Thomas since he was 17 years outdated, and he is been the identical employee since then. KD believes that work ethic will rub off on the Suns: pic.twitter.com/OT0NYARUYW

The Suns signed Thomas to a 10-day contract earlier within the day. He was averaging 32.5 factors per recreation on 44.6 p.c three-point taking pictures in a latest four-game stint with the Salt Lake Metropolis Stars within the G League.

Isaiah Thomas @isaiahthomas

Man it felt good to place that Suns jersey again on. I respect the love frfr 💙

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Thomas hadn’t performed within the NBA for the reason that 2021-22 season for the Charlotte Hornets. He additionally had stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks throughout that season.

The Washington alum has an unimaginable story. He was the ultimate choose of the 2011 NBA draft however instantly emerged as a task participant for the Sacramento Kings.

After a stint with the Suns initially of the 2014-15 season, Thomas was traded to the Boston Celtics halfway via the yr. He developed into the most effective level guards within the league, making the All-Star staff in back-to-back years in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

A hip damage suffered within the 2017 Jap Convention Finals derailed Thomas’ profession. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017 as a part of the Kyrie Irving deal, however hip points restricted him to fifteen video games and he by no means meshed effectively with LeBron James.

Thomas bounced across the league with a number of totally different groups over the following few years. His longest stint with a single franchise since being traded by the Celtics was a 40-game run with the Washington Wizards in 2019-20.

Wednesday was Thomas’ first NBA recreation since April 10, 2022. He was solely on the ground for 2 minutes in opposition to the Sixers, however he recorded an help within the win.

The Suns want extra scoring punch off the bench as they give the impression of being to safe a playoff berth. Thomas is a restricted participant at this stage of his profession, however he is greater than able to offering factors off the bench when his quantity will get referred to as.

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