A lot of time in the NBA, a player is associated with a certain team: for example, someone like Shaquille O’Neal is always associated with the Lakers. But in this era of commonplace player movement, players often switch teams for a variety of reasons. Even if players do leave a team where they are beloved, there are times where they get the opportunity to come back for a reunion, such as Kevin Garnett towards the end of his career, when he went to the Timberwolves. A reunion could also mean reuniting with their former teammates on another team, re-creating
There are a few reunions that could happen this season, before the deadline. All of them would be fun to watch for basketball fans. They would also be sound basketball moves even without the reunion factor. Here are the top 5 reunions that could happen before the deadline.
5. Isaiah Thomas To Boston Celtics
Isaiah Thomas was once one of the top point guards in the world, even being in MVP conversations. The small point guard was an offensive force on the Boston Celtics, being able to score buckets due to his speed and elite shooting. While Isaiah Thomas hasn’t quite been All-Star caliber since his hip injury, he could still be a great scorer off the bench for a team that needs depth. Isaiah Thomas is currently a free agent, meaning that he’s available to be signed.
Isaiah Thomas coming back to the Celtics would be heartwarming to watch. The Boston Celtics need a solid backup PG who can score, but also distribute to his teammates. On the bench, Thomas’s defense would be exploited less by the opposition. This would be a low-risk signing for the Boston Celtics that would bring a fan favorite back to Boston while providing a solid offensive addition for their roster.
4. JJ Redick To Los Angeles Clippers
JJ Redick would be a solid veteran on any contender. Redick is a known shooter who can knock down shots from the perimeter, and he shoots a solid 41.5% from beyond the arc for his career. JJ Redick played with the Los Angeles Clippers during the Lob City era, so they know how lethal he is from the perimeter. A reunion could be good for both parties. The Los Angeles Clippers could use an elite shooter like JJ Redick, while Redick himself would get to compete in Los Angeles.