On the heels of Detroit's super exciting Aaron Gray signing comes this disappointing report:
The Pistons, I'm told, are not involved with free agent Isaiah Thomas. The former Kings PG had been connected to them previously.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 7, 2014
But ... but ... but he just followed the Pistons on Twitter!
Isaiah Thomas, who was taking a break from Twitter during FA, followed the Lakers, Heat, Mavericks and Pistons. Down to those four, perhaps?— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 7, 2014
It was always silly to read too much into the Twitter thing, especially when you realize that Thomas follows 2,097 people, hasn't tweeted since June 16 and may have a social media guy handling it for him. Also, if you want to get technical, he also followed @Starburst. What does that mean?
Vincent Goodwill previously reported that the Lakers, Heat and Pistons -- in that order -- were Thomas' preferred destinations, and DBB's Sean Corp analyzed each situation. The Heat may have taken themselves out of the running by signing Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger this afternoon, but the Lakers still have money to spend:
Hearing Lakers are "real possibility" for Isaiah Thomas. Heat still pursuing, but LA has the $. Nothing happens 'til Melo & Bron make moves.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 6, 2014
It's not yet known why the Pistons are no longer in the running. Did Thomas cross them off his list? Was Detroit's interest contingent on a sign-and-trade (preferably involving Josh Smith and/or Brandon Jennings)? Were the Pistons ever a serious option after blowing half of their cap space on Jodie Meeks?
Now your thoughts.
Addendum to earlier Pistons intel: they're not eager to part ways with Josh Smith as has been indicated. Value him and not eager to dump.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 8, 2014
Pistons surely getting low-balled by teams who see it as a someone's-gotta-go scenario w/ Smith, Andre Drummond & restricted FA Greg Monroe.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 8, 2014