NBA Rumors: Isaiah Thomas Willing To Serve As Primary Backup For Stephen Curry Next Season

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics gives a thumbs up during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on March 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Despite finishing the 2019-20 NBA season as one of the worst teams in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors are expected to be an attractive destination for incoming veteran free agents who are eyeing a championship title next year. In recent months, the Warriors have already been linked to several players who will be hitting the free agency market this fall. One of the latest vets who publicly expressed his willingness to sign with the Warriors in the 2020 free agency is former Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.

Quoting a tweet from Los Angeles Lakers power forward Jared Dudley, Thomas said on Twitter that he would willingly accept a role as the primary backup for Stephen Curry just to be part of the “warriors action” in the 2020-21 season.

You can see Thomas’ tweet here.

“I need that warriors action,” he wrote. “I’ll come off the bench serving!!!”

It’s no surprise why Thomas is interested in joining the Warriors. They may have just finished the season as a lottery team, but they are already emerging as one of the top favorites to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy next year. Aside from the highly anticipated return of the Splash Brothers, they are also in a strong position to add more star power to their roster this offseason.

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics celebrates at the end the Celtics 129-119 overtime win over the Wizards in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts
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Using Andrew Wiggins, their own 2020 first-round pick, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-round pick as trade chips, Golden State could engage in a blockbuster deal to acquire their fourth superstar this fall. Even if the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the Milwaukee Bucks return with the same core, the Warriors will remain as one of the title favorites next year. Signing with a legitimate title contender like the Warriors will not only give Thomas a realistic chance of winning his first championship ring, but it could also help him increase his value and prove to everyone in the league that he still has plenty of gas left in his tank.

Though they are currently buried deep in luxury tax hell, money wouldn’t be an issue in bringing Thomas to Golden State. He likely wouldn’t mind accepting a veteran minimum contract for the opportunity to play alongside Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. If he manages to convince the Warriors to sign him, he would undeniably be an intriguing addition to the team’s long line of reclamation projects.

Unfortunately, signing an undersized point guard isn’t expected to be Golden State’s No. 1 priority this fall. Before thinking about giving Thomas a contract, they would first prioritize addressing their need for a starting-caliber center and veteran three-and-D wingman who could serve as insurance for Wiggins.