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Hornets sign Isaiah Thomas for rest of season

Former All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas has been a key part of the Hornets' rotation since joining the team on March 2.

Isaiah Thomas has averaged 9.9 ppg since joining the Hornets on March 2.

Charlotte Hornets guard Isaiah Thomas has found a home for the rest of the 2021-22 season.

The Hornets announced Tuesday that Thomas has been signed for the rest of the season. Thomas signed a 10-day deal on March 2 and signed a second 10-day deal on March 12 before inking the pact that keeps him with the Hornets.

Thomas has proven to be a key reserve for the Hornets in his seven games with the team, averaging 9.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 13.4 minutes per game. His 46.2% shooting with Charlotte is his highest mark since 2016-17 (46.3%). He’s also shooting 48% on 3-pointers with the Hornets.

Charlotte is 37-35 and No. 9 in the Eastern Conference, putting it squarely in the midst of the Play-In Tournament mix. The Hornets struggled through February (2-10) after going 28-23 through January and ranking as the East’s No. 7 seed. Since March 1, Charlotte is 7-2 — which ranks second in the NBA only to the Boston Celtics (9-1) — and Thomas has appeared in each of those games.

Earlier this season, Thomas signed a 10-day contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. He appeared in four games for the Lakers (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg) and one game for the Mavs.

Thomas enjoyed his best statistical seasons as a member of the Boston Celtics, where he was a two-time All-Star (2016, โ€™17) and averaged 24.7 ppg, 6.0 apg and 1.0 spg with the franchise. His best season came in 2016-17, when he put up 28.9 ppg and finished third in the league in scoring, was fifth in Kia MVP voting and was an All-NBA second team member.

A native of Tacoma, Wash., Thomas played three seasons at the University of Washington, where he was named First-Team All-Pac-10 as both a sophomore and a junior (2010, 2011). Thomas also earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Pac-10 honors for the Huskies (2009).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.