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Reports: Isaiah Thomas signs with Mavericks, may suit up vs. Kings

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Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (31) fist bumps a fan after the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (31) fist bumps a fan after the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks signed former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas to a 10-day hardship deal to combat the team’s COVID-19 issues, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Per ESPN, the Mavericks needed to make the move following two more players entering the COVID-19 protocols Wednesday: center Boban Marjanovic and guard Brandon Knight.

Overall, Dallas is up to seven players in the protocol, including superstar Luka Doncic and fellow guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke.

Thomas is expected to join the team for its game in Sacramento against the Kings Wednesday night, and he may suit up and come off the bench in that contest.

If he plays, Dallas would become Thomas’ second team of the season and ninth of his career after the 32-year-old played in four games with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season, averaging 9.3 points per game with one start.

The NBA record for most franchises played for is 12, held by Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg, Joe Smith and current Charlotte Hornets guard Ish Smith.

Thomas began his career in Sacramento after being draft by the Kings in the second round of the 2011 draft.

In addition to the Kings (2011-14) and Lakers (2018, 2021), the two-time All-Star has played for the Phoenix Suns (2014-15), Boston Celtics (2015-17), Cleveland Cavaliers (2017), Denver Nuggets (2018-19), Washington Wizards (2019-20) and New Orleans Pelicans (2021).

He has averaged 18 points per game and 4.9 assists per game in his career.

–Field Level Media