Dwight Howard and Isaiah Thomas to Re-Enter the NBA?
Two former players who were All-Stars want to return to the league. Dwight Howard expressed his ambition to return and compete in the In-Season Tournament in a recent post on X:
Thomas said to Mat Issa of Forbes, "I'm still trying to play basketball. I'd like to return to the NBA. I'm still exercising and getting ready, so."
Starting with Howard, the 38-year-old center who was selected first overall in the 2004 NBA draft, he last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021–2022.
In his 60 games, he started 27, averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks in 16.2 minutes, shooting 61.2 percent overall.
After that, he played with the Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwan from 2022–2023. The 34-year-old Thomas played in 22 games for the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, and Charlotte Hornets in 2021–22 without receiving an NBA call-up.
He shot just 40.1 percent overall while scoring 8.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 15.1 minutes despite serving almost entirely as a reserve. One of the best defensive players of the last 20 years, Howard will go into the Hall of Fame.
From being the final pick in the draft to becoming a two-time All-Star, Thomas had a remarkable impact on the Boston Celtics. But now it's time for both to enjoy their NBA retirement. After spending a year away from the league, players in their mid-to late-30s won't return any better.
That is the harsh, unvarnished reality. However, both might still play abroad and earn a respectable livelihood. Instead of veterans who can contribute whether they play or not, NBA teams are allocating their final roster places to youngsters.
Though unjust, this is the way things really are. Thomas and Howard are most likely done. BS Meter: BS if either player decides to sign a new NBA deal. Had it been planned, it would have occurred during the previous season.