Report: Orlando Magic are negotiating a contract with free agent Isaiah Thomas

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Many of the top free agents were quickly snapped up in the opening days of free agency but there are still some notable players left on the market.

One player who has gone completely under the radar and has almost been forgotten is Isaiah Thomas.

The point guard has had a real fall from grace in the last 12 months as he looks to land on his fourth team over that period.

Things can change so quickly

After enjoying a career year with the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season, Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that saw Kyrie Irving go in the opposite direction.

But he was in the middle of recovering from a hip injury and didn't take to the floor until January for the Cavs.

His stint in Ohio didn't start well and ended quickly as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before the deadline in February.

It was always clear that the Lakers took him on because he was an expiring contract and wanted to create cap room for this summer.

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With the major signing of LeBron James earlier this week, they renounced the rights to Thomas and made him an unrestricted free agent.

Now that we're into the fifth day of free agency, the 29-year-old is yet to agree to a deal with a team.

That could soon change, however, as Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype has reported that he is in discussions with the Orlando Magic.

According to Kennedy, the two sides haven't reached an agreement yet but "want to get this done."

Effects of the injury

IT played a total of just 32 games last season for the Cavs and Lakers and his campaign was over in March as he underwent hip surgery in a bid to finally remove the pain he was still suffering.

Just a year after finishing fifth in MVP voting and leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas wasn't the same player following his hip injury.

Between his time in Cleveland and LA, he shot 37.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from three-point range.

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A move to Orlando could be just right for him, especially on a short-term contract.

The franchise is in need of a quality starting point guard as they still haven't replaced Elfrid Payton.

It would be a low-risk move for the Magic as they can afford to gamble on a player coming back from a bad injury.

They finished with the second-worst record in the east last year (25-57) and know they don't have a realistic chance of making the playoffs.

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For Thomas, he could put himself in the shop window again if he's able to recapture the form that made him a two-time All-Star.

He would be the team's primary ball-handler and could easily become their number one scoring option.

This is a potential deal that makes sense for both parties, it'll be worth keeping an eye on to see if it happens.

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