Vegas isn’t giving Isaiah Thomas much respect heading into season
Isaiah Thomas is coming off a sensational season, in which he averaged 28.9 points per game and finished fifth in MVP voting.
But the Vegas oddsmakers aren’t giving him much respect.
Bovada has placed Thomas with the ninth-best odds to win the MVP in 2017-18, just one spot ahead of Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins. The eight players in front of Thomas are Russell Westrbrook, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, Paul George and Chris Paul.
Though that’s not a bad list of players to be behind, Thomas may feel slighted heading into the season. In recent weeks, there have been murmurs about the Celtics possibly exploring a trade for disgruntled Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday Cleveland would want rookie forward Jayson Tatum in a potential deal.
Thomas, 28, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s repeatedly expressed his desire this summer to get paid, even taking his campaign to social media.
Isaiah Thomas has Brinks Truck sandals and they are amazing. —— pic.twitter.com/sNwz4manIH
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) July 31, 2017
In response to Thomas’ post, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge asked the guard how much money he’s looking to fetch.
“How expensive are these brink slides?” Ainge wondered.
Given all of the money point guards are receiving –– John Wall just signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension with the Wizards, the Pelicans inked Jrue Holiday to a five-year, $126 million deal and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry received a three-year, $100 million contract from the Raptors –– the brink slides are probably worth quite a bit.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog