Ex-Celtics star Isaiah Thomas to join Team USA for AmeriCup tournament

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Isaiah Thomas has a new basketball gig, but where and with whom? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The slow grind continues for Isaiah Thomas.

The veteran point guard, who has been an NBA free agent since last February, has committed to play for Team USA in the FIBA AmeriCup tournament next month in Puerto Rico, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

Thomas confirmed the news via Twitter.

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It's no NBA job, but the Team USA opportunity will allow the former Boston Celtics guard to play competitive basketball and audition for a potential return to the league.

Team USA is in Group D of the AmeriCup, a tournament held every two years between countries in North, Central and South America. The Americans will face off against the Bahamas, Mexico and Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21.

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So, who will I.T. be playing with? Rosters have yet to be finalized, but Team USA's roster from qualifying-round play last November consists largely of G-League talent and players playing overseas.

Celtics fans may recognize a few names from that roster, including Maine Red Claws forward Kaiser Gates and Duke product Amile Jefferson, who signed an Exhibit 10 contract with Boston in December before being released.

Thomas' last action came with the Wizards in the 2019-20 season before Washington traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers, who waived him in Feb. 2020.

The 31-year-old had an offseason procedure on his hip, which has been a nagging injury since his final season with the Celtics in 2016-17, but he'll use these few games to prove he still can contribute to an NBA team.