Milwaukee Bucks: Better rumored target, Austin Rivers or Isaiah Thomas?

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A case for the Milwaukee Bucks to target Isaiah Thomas

Another option that the Bucks are reportedly considering to fill their point guard vacancy is signing former MVP candidate Isaiah Thomas. Shortly following the P.J. Tucker trade, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski stated that the Bucks and Lakers would be the two teams that could potentially be eyeing the 32-year-old.

The news caused a mixed reaction from most, but given how dry the current point guard market is shaping up to be, Thomas could be a feasible target if they are willing to take the risk.

Thomas’s biggest question mark is his health, as he has only played in 84 games over the previous three seasons. He has not been able to stay on the floor after suffering a devastating hip injury in 2017, which has led to him bouncing around from team to team ever since. The guard underwent surgery to repair the issue in February 2020 after the LA Clippers waived him, but no team has been willing to take the gamble and sign him.

When last seen, Thomas averaged 12.2 points on a .408/.413/.816 slash line, 1.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 40 games with the Washington Wizards. Numbers like that could make the guard a productive piece in a second unit that could use a jolt of scoring and playmaking. Averaging 18.1 points for his career, Thomas is another score-first guard that could provide a spark offensively while bringing a handful of playoff experience.